Ordering number : AS19433
Tanto in Koshirae.
Signature : Yoshishige Saku
Keio 4 Nen 2 Gatsu Kichijitsu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : copper habaki.
Blade length : 20.6 cm or 8.11 inches.
Sori : 0.1cm or 0.03 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.34 cm or 0.92 inches.
Kasane : 0.59 cm or 0.23 inches.
The weight of the sword 125 grams.
Era : Edo period Keio 4（１８６８）
Shape : Regular size with mitsumune
Jigane : Koitame hada well grained and muji style
Hamon : Niedeki gunomemidare and oo gunomemidare are mixed.
Bo-shi is round yakisage style with deep nioikuchi.
Special feature: Yoshishige is thought to be the craftsman in Musashi,
who engraved 明珍島田住人源義重作 as mei. He is not famous, but this work is good niedeki gunome midare.
Koshirae : Aoikuchi Koshirae.
Saya : black saya
Menuki : Syakudo, stitch pattern, turtle is engraved with gold color.
Kozuka: Shakudo, rope pattern and turtle are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Yoshishige is not so famous swordsmith.
But he made very nice Gunome Midare.
Aoi Art estimation paper: Whole Oshigata.