Ordering number: 21661
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : Kenmu Gannen 6 Gatsu(cut after that)
Ichi Bishu Yoshioka Jyu Sae(cut after that)
(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:45.6 cm or 17.95inches.
Sori:1.2cm or 0.47inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.79 cm or 1.09inches.
Kasane:0.67cm or 0.26inches.
The weight of the sword:460grams.
Era: The Kamakura period, Kembu 1(1334)
Shape: Naginata-naoshi work. The blade is broad, Mitsu-Mune, Bo-hi and Soe-hi are engraved on the front and Bo-hi and sword inside it on the back.
Jigane: Koitame-hada mixed with Mokume-hada, lots of Jinie are attached, light Utsuri appears.
Hamon: Koniedeki, Ko-Choji-midare, Ko-Gunome-midare, Nioikuchi gets slightly deep, Sunagashi and small Kinsuji work in Hachu. Boshi becomes like Yakizume and Tobiyaki comes into Shinogiji.
Special feature: We have some different Ichimonji schools: Ko-Ichimonji, Fukuoka-Ichimonji, Yoshioka-Ichimonji, Katayama-Ichimonji and Shochu-Ichimonji etc. They flourished from the early Kamakura period. This work has the letter “Ichi” above the engraving of “Bishu Yoshioka Ju Sae(monjo Sukemitsu), and moreover, it has production date engraving(Kenmu Gannen 6 Gatsu/June of Kenmu 1). We can say that this work is really important and rare as a historical material.
From Aoi Art: This work was made by Sukemitsu from Yoshioka Ichimonji school and has a production date, and has the letter of “Ichi” proudly above the front signature. It was originally a Nagamaki and it was remade as Wakizashi. Solid work in healthy condition. Mumei-kiwame of Ichimonji generally has figurative Hamon while the works with signature tend to have a calmer atmosphere. We obviously need some explanations for the gap between the real swords and the present judgment. In any case, we cannot find this kind of works easily, we truly recommend this Yoshioka-Ichimonji with production rate for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.