Ordering number: 22499
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Bishu Osafune Norimitsu Saku
Eisho 12 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi
Translation: Made by Norimitsu from Bishu Osafune on a day in August, Eisho 12.
Sue Koto:Jyo saku:Wazamono:Bizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyi Jyo saku ranking.
habaki:Silver single habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length:59.6cm or 23.46inches.
Sori:1.8cm or 0.70inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.89cm or 1.13inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.98 cm or 0.77inches.
Kasane:0.96cm or 0.37inches.
The weight of the sword:510grams
Era: Eisho 12, the Muromachi period. 1516
Shape: Katateuchi shape. Almost 2 Shaku. The blade is broad and thick.
Bohi on the both sides. Sori is deep and Kissaki is longer.
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well with Utsuri.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha wirh soft Ashi and Yo. Boshi turns back round.
Special feature: Bishu Osafune Norimitsu is a swordsmith in the Muromachi period.
There are no Zokumyo works even if they are made-to-order,
because it is very easy to distinguish his work at a glance,
said Nihon Toko Dictionaly. Nakago is in a good condition, Mei is very clear.
Tsuba: Mokko-shaped Shibuichi plate. Flowers are engraved.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo plate
Saya: Black Saya(it seems red because it got old.)
Menuki: Shishi-dogs are engraved.
From Aoi Art: This Koshirae is really old, and it has to have been preserved
very carefully for a long time. Samegawa is painted by black Urushi,
Tsukaito also could have been painted by Urushi. Saya had been changed into
red because it got very old. We truly recommend this work with the blade almost long as Katana and clear Mei on Nakago.
If you want to ask us to re-wrap the Tsuka-Ito and re-paint the Saya, the additional cost will be JPY15,000 for each.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta