Ordering number : 19345
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Ecchu Kami Masatoshi(first generation)
Shinto:Jyo Jyo saku: Wazamono : Yamashiro
(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 is polished.
Habaki : Gold wrapped double Habaki.
Blade length : 38.8 cm or 15.27 inches.
Sori : 0.6 cm or 0.23 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.94 cm or 1.15inches.
Kasane : 0.72cm or 0.28 inches.
The weight of the sword 345 grams.
Era : Early Edo period
Shape : This Wakizashi is wide and thick, the Sori is deeper, there’re Bohi on both sides.
Jigane : Large grained Itame-hada with Jinie, it stands out well.
Hamon : Nie-deki, Gunome-midare, deeper Nioikuchi. There’re Sunagashi and Kinsuji, they appear more from the Monouchi to the Kissaki. the Boshi is Mishina-Boshi.
Special Feature : Ecchu Masatoshi, one of the Kyoto great swordsmiths, was the fourth son of Kanemichi in the Mino province, who found the Mishina school.
With his elderly sons Iganokami Kinmichi, Rai Kinmichi, and Tanbakami Yoshimichi, Masatoshi moved to Edo around Edo period Eiroku era(1558-1570).
He was well-known for making a wide range of Hamon, such as Soshu traditional style Hitatsura, Shizu style Gunome, Kanesada style Gonome-Choji, Magoroku Kanemoto style Sanbon-sugi, and Yamato traditional style Suguha but for some reasons he left not so many swords.
His son succeeded his name and from the 2nd to the 4th generation, they inscribed the Kikumon family crest on the Nakago.
Saya : Black saya
Tsuba : Mokko shaped Syakudo Nanako, the chrysanthemum design.
Menuki : Shakudo Menuki, the birds design.
Kozuka : Shakudo Nanako, the chrysanthemum design.
Ko-gai : Shakudo Nanako plate, the chrysanthemum design.
From Aoi Art : Ecchu Masatoshi’s swords are quite rare.
This sword is a Hira-zukuri style Wakizashi which has well grained Hada and Shizu style Hamon.
The flower-themed Koshirae looks simple but sophisticated, you won’t get tired of it.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.