Ordering Number: 23208
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu 備州長船勝光
Bunmei 15 Nen 2 Gatsu Hi 文明十五年二月日
Fujijiro book: Sue Koto: Saijo Saku: Owazamono: Bizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length: 56.1 cm or 22.08 inches.
Sori: 1.6cm or 0.62 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.61cm or 1.02 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 1.83 cm or 0.72 inches.
Kasane: 0.59 cm or 0.23 inches.
The weight of the sword: 485 grams.
Shape: Katate Uchi long Wakizashi. The Nakago is a little short with Sori, longer Kissaki.
Jigane: Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. The Jigane is beautiful.
Hamon: Ko Nie Deki, Choji Midare, and crumbled shape Gunome Midare. In the Ha, there are Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Era: Bunmei 15(1484), middle Muromachi period.
Feature: The way of fighting has changed since the Muromachi period, from fighting on horseback to fighting on the ground, and one-handed swords, which are easier to swing, became popular. This sword is a typical example of such a sword with a slightly short Nakago, deep Sori, and long Kissaki.
Koshirae : Tachi Koshirae.
Saya : Nashiji Saya.
Tsuba : Brass Tachi Tsuba and O-Seppa, there are arabesque pattern.
Menuki : Shakudo, a boat and person are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo, arabesque is engraved.
Other fittings: Shakudo, arabesque is engraved.
From Aoi Art: Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu is a highly popular swordsmith who is regarded as one of the best in Bizen. His works existed from Bunmei to Entei, and he was also active in Heian Castle Mimasaka, Kojima, and Bicchu. It is thought that the period in which he was active had a very high quality metal, and this sword also has beautiful Jigane with utsuri. The signature are carefully cut, indicating that it was specially made. The engraving is also skillful.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.