Ordering number : 19176
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu
Eisho 5 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi (August 1508)
Sue Koto: O Wazamono: Saijyo Saku: Bizen
(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 : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 59.3 cm or 23.34 inches.
Sori : 2.0 cm or 0.78 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.90 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.75 cm or 0.68 inches.
Kasane : 0.54 cm or 0.21 inches.
The weight of the sword 485 grams.
Era : Muromachi period around Eisho era.(1508)
Shape : Regular width and thickness Wakizashi with large Sori.
Jigane : The mixture of Mokume and Itame. There are Utsuri.
There are some O-Hada.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha. Boshi is round Yakisage style.
Special feature: The founder of Bisyu Osafune Katsumitsu started
Ouei era to Eisyo. We can say that This blade is first generation
because of the Uramei.
It is said at Bunmei era, Japan exported a lot of Japanese swords to
China. He was a son of Rokuro zaemon Sukemitsu and called Ukyo suke
Katsumitsu and his young brither Munemitsu is also quite well known
This blade is called shiireuchi but both the Hamon
and also Jigane are quite well done.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Shakudo Ishimeji Tsuba, Ume flower is engraved with gold color.
Menuki : horse is engraved with gold and shakudo.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo, pine tree is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: In Middle Muromachi period, the battle field has shifted to
the earth field and many have been fought with Katate-Uchi(One handed) work.
Bizen Katsumitsu, Norimitsu and Sukesada are typical Katate Uchi blade.
During Eikyo period, Sukemitsu has been active.
It is exceptional shape with nice Jigane.
This Wakizashi is over 500 years.
This blade showing oldness. The Koshirae is also nice.
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.