Ordering Number: 23081
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature: Bishu Osafune Norimitsu 備州長船則光
Kyotoku Gannen 8 Gatsu 享徳元年八月日
Chu Koto: Ryo Wazamono: Bizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku, and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki:Gold wrapped double Habaki.
Blade length: 44.5cm or 17.5inches.
Sori: 0.8cm or 0.3inches.
Width at the hamachi: 3.0cm or 1.2inches.
Kasane: 0.6cm or 0.2inches.
The weight of the sword: 315 grams
Shape: The blade is rather wide and thick, and the Sori is deep.
There are Bo-Hi and Tsume engraving on the both sides of the blade.
Jigane: Ko-Itame Hada well grained. There are Utsuri.
Hamon: Choji Midare Hamon like Morimitsuand Yasumitsu. Boshi has a pointed return shape.
Era: mid-Muromachi period Kyotoku era.(1452)
Features: The 1st generation of Norimitsu(則光) is said to have been the disciple of Nagamitsu(長光), and Norimitsu school continued until the end of the Muromachi period. This sword looks like Morimitsu. In the Ouei(応永) period, Bizen swordsmiths suchi as Yasumitsu(康光), Morimitsu(盛光) and Norimitsu(則光) made Wajuzashi of similar shape, and their works also have many similarities in terms of jigane and Hamon.
Saya: Silver scabbard.
Tsuba: Round shaped silver Nanako Tsuba, cherry blossom is carved. The edge is wrapped in gold.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako plate, drifting clouds are carved.
Menuki: Shakudo plate, chrysanthemum flowers are carved and colored in gold.
From Aoi Art: This sword have many characteristic of Ouei Bizen, and it looks like Morimitsu at first glance. The Hamon is flawless, and the beautiful Jigane with clear Utsuri is perfect. Koshirae is also good.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
Aoi Art estimation paper