Ordering number : 15399
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : (Kikumon) Ichi Kawachi Kami Sukesada Bizen Koku Osafune Ju
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Suaka double Habaki with Gold paint
Blade length : 48.5 cm or 19.1 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.83 cm or 1.11 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.1 cm or 0.39 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Edo period, Hoei era (ca. 1704-1711)
Shape : Wide and thick with regular Sori and Kissaki, healthy blade.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained, clear Jigane.
Hamon : Suguha around the bottom, the mixture of Gunome-midare and Choji-midare from the middle, looks like “Fujimi Saigyo”. Maru Boshi.
Special Feature : Kawachi Kami Sukesada’s real name is Yokoyama Nizaemon.
His works are often called as Kikuichi because of Kikumon engraving and the character of Ichi on the tang.
Saya : Blue mother of pearl Saya with line design.
Tsuba : Syakudo Tsuba with Shakudo Fukurin.
Menuki : Shakudo, dog with the folding fan.
Fuchikashira : Syakudo, rock pattern, flying bird and flower are engraved and painted with gold color.
From Aoi Art : Bizen swords flourished in late Muromachi period but lost momentum in Edo period because of the low demand for swords. despite such adversity some swordsmiths including Kawachi Kami Sukesada kept working.
This well made sword is in good condition and the Koshirae looks sophisticated.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.