Ordering number : 17449 (Consignment Sale)
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho for the Tsuba)
Signature : Kawabe Gihachiro Fujiwara Masahide(Kao)
Bunka 4 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi, Ou Kaneko Masayasu Ju Zo Kore
Shinto: Saijo saku: Musashi province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Kawabe Gihachiro Fujiwara Masahide belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Blade length : 54.84 cm or 21.59 inches.
Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.826 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.18 cm or 1.25 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.30 cm or 0.90 inches.
Kasane : 0.76 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Edo period Bunka era. 808.
Shape : The blade is wide 3.18 cm and thick
with suitable Sori and long kissaki healthy blade.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful nice texture.
Hamon : Niedeki suguha with thick nioikuchi from Hamachi area
and then gunome midare and oo gunome midare
like Doranba hamon with thick nioikuchi.
Boshi is round shape.
Special feature : Suishinshi Masahide the First forged this wakizashi.
It is an accepted theory that he was the founder of Shinshin-to.
Masahide was born in Dewa province, present Yamagata pref.
in 1750. It is said that he learned in his youth under Kunikane
the Forth at Sendai or a smith forging farming tools.
Masahide went to Edo and learned under Miyakawa Yoshihide,
a swordsmith of Shitahara school on the introduction
of a certain samurai at the age of 22. Masahide started serving
the Akimoto family in 1774 and studied the method of forging sword
from an independent standpoint. A daimyo; a feudal lord gave Masahide
foreign steel called Namban-tetsu to study.
On early works he was fond of brilliant Toran-ba modeled on Sukehiro
that had a tendency to break so he tried to the revival of Koto blade forged
in the Kamakura period aimed at the sharpness. He went to Edo
in 1781and learned Bizen-den under Ishido Korekazu,
Soshu-den under Tsunahiro. Masahide was also
an educational swordsmith to discipline an array of excellent pupils;
Taikei Naotane, Hosokawa Masayoshi, Chounsai Tsunatoshi and others.
Masahide passed away in 1825, aged 76.
Tsuba :(NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Paper) On the mokko style iron tsuba, bamboo leaves are engraved
by lead Zogan. name Hazama, Hazama Tsuba: Matchlock makers were
working at Mie prefecture Kameyama and inlayed on the surface
of the gun by lead inlay which is called sahari inlay.
It is quite simple but well known Tsuba among Tsuba collectors.
Fuchikashira :On the syakudo nanako plate,
engraved Ridge-end tile with gold color.
Saya : black roiro saya.
Menuki : on the syakudo, some designe are engraved with gold color.
Kozuka : On the syakudo nanako plate, some wise
men are engraved with gold color: Mogarashi school.
From Aoi Art:The first generation Masahide tried to make Doranba
like Sukehiro and succeeded perfectly like this wakizasi.
This kind of temper line pushed up to saijyo saku sword maker.
But later on He thought this kind of doranba hamon is gorgeous but rather easy to break.
So he tried to make old koto komidare hamon or small cyoji midare hamon mainly.
This kind of swords are stronger than Doranba or Oogunome midare with thick nioikuchi swords.
But in modern times such kind of poor looking sword are not welcomed by sword collectors.
It is ironical thing that Masahide studied Koto simple hamon is the best of all other swords.
but his first stage of Japanese swords are estimated overwhelmingly.
Probably his study is right but in modern times, sword collectors want active art of swords.
Anyway this sword is excellent masterpiece of Suishinshi Masahide.
Koshirae is also nice and well harmony.
We strongly recommend this sword for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Paper for the Tsuba
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.