Ordering number: 22521
Wakizashi in Shirasaya
Signature : Miyairi Kozaemon Yukihira
Hori Senju Heisei 14 Nen Chushu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: copper single.
Blade length : 50.9 cm or 20.03 inches.
Sori : 1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.19 cm or 1.25 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.39 cm or 0.94 inches.
Kasane : 0.63 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Heisei 14(2002)
Shape : Slightly wider and thick Wakizashi.
There are engravings on the front and back.
Jitetsu : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
The Jigane is beautiful.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Notare Hamon with thick Nioikuchi.
There are double Ha and Ashi.
Boshi is Midarekomi style.
Special feature : Kozaemon Yukihira learned sword making from his father,
Miyairi Yukihira(Living National Treasure). He showed his work in 1983 at the 19th Exhibition
for the first time and won Effort Prize. After that, he won Excellence Prize, Kanzan Prize,
and 6 tims Takamatsumiya Prize. Later in Heisei 12, he was approved as Mukansa swordsmith.
In Heisei 8, he changed his Mei from Miyairi Megumi to Kozaemon Yukihira. He set his aim
of sword making to Soshuden, and now, he is still trying his best
This Wakizashi is a wonderful work with beautiful Jigane and engraving.
The engraving was done by Yanagimura Senju , who has been certified as Mukansa.
The poem of Motoori Norinaga and wild cherry blossom are engraved.
Motoori Norinaga(1730-1801) was a Japanese scholar and doctor during the Edo period.
The meaning of the poem is ”the hearts of Japanese people are like cherry blossoms shining
in the morning sun.” and “Japanese samurai never feared death. The samurai,
who thought about how to die well rather than how to survive well, flew away like cherry blossoms when the time came to die.”
It is a work that does not come out easily.We highly recommend it.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.