Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature: BISHU OSAFUNE YASUMITSU
OUEI 24 NEN JYU GATSUHI
the blade was made at Ouei 24th October .
(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 wrapped double habaki;
Blade length(nagasa) :39.0 cm or 15.35inches.
Sori :0.3cm or 0.12inches.
Width at the hamachi : 2.7cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.52cm or 0.2 inches.
Era: Early Muromachi period Ouei era.
Shape(Sugata):The blade is rather wide and regular thickness long
hirazukushi style long sunnobi Tanto.
Kitae :Koitame and komokume hada mixed with jinie attach
and Utsuri appear upper the suguha hamon.
Hamon :Konie deki suguha hamon with thicker nioiguchi and from the Monouchi area, hamon is rather tight which has passed so many years.
Boshi: Round shape
Horimono:On both sides of the blade Goma bashi is engraved on both sides of the blade.
Special feature: Both right and left wings of highest sword in early Muromchi is Morimotsu ans Yasumitsu. The nengo is engraved Ouei Ni jyu ni ni nen means Ouei 24 Nen, In Japan 4= death so sword collectors dislike 4 so they prefer 4 as changed to 2 2 (2＋2＝4死) both say shi(死）. Until the late Muromachi period, long swords were popular but at Ouei era, small size swords, Sunnobi tanto and wakizashi were very popular. A lot of swords were produced and Yasumitsu and Morimitsu are the top ranking sword makers. Generally, Morimitsu made Modareba and Yasumitsu made Suguha.
From Aoi Bijyutsu: This sword is Hiraucho long hirauchi sun nobi Tanto. Generally Yasumitsu’s signature is 2 character signature.Yasumitsu.and Uramei yasumitsu is very few.
Saya: beautiful same kawa(shark skin)
Tsuba: On the syakudo ishimeji, flowerss and
a Chinese phoenix are engraved with gold color.
Menuki: On the syakudo playee, a chinese phoenix is engraved
with a gold color.
Kozuka: On the syakudo nanako plate, shishi dogs are engraved
signature: Goto Kenjy Mitsunaga.
Fuchikashira: On the syakudo nanakp plate,
2 shishi dogs are engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Bijyutsu: This sword is Hiraucho long Hirauchi sun Nobi Tanto. Generally, Yasumitsu’s signature is 2 character signature.Yasumitsu.and Uramei Yasumitsu is very few. The blade has long characters signature and date. Koshirae also a very nice Koshirae. probably high ranking Samurai has kept so long time.
Aoi Art estimation Paper: NBHK Hozon Token.