Ordering number : AS18390
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHKTokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : MUMEI (AOE)
(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 was polished.
Habaki :copper and gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 51.6 cm or 20.315 inches.
Sori :0.9 cm or 0.354 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.98 cm or 1.17 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.27 cm or 0.89 inches.
Kasane : 0.657cm or 0.259 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period. 1362.
Shape : The blade is oo suriage mumei(cut shortened) wide
and thick with bo-hi on both sides of the blade
with suitable sori and long kissaki.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach
and Chirimen style jigane and Utsuru appear on the Ji.
Hamon :konie deki suguha with small ashi and Nezumi ashi.
Boshi:Notare and small round shape.
Special feature: The Aoe School had been prospered at the lower reaches of the Takanashi river
in Bichu province.From middle Kamakura to Nanbokucyo perod is called Aoe school
and more older sword which was made middle Kamakura to Hean period is called Koaoe school.
This sword belonged to Nanbokucyo period Aoe school.
This sword has typical special feature of Aoe school Chirimen hada with utsuri and notare round shape missaki.
Saya :Black roiro kizami saya.
Tsuba :On the round iron Tsuba, Japanese drum and Tsuzumi(Japanese instrument) and others are engraved.
Menuki : a shishi dog is engraved by solid gold?
From Aoi Art:Generally Aoe school made Suguha hamon like this sword.
The sword has utsuri on the ji and bright haon and clear.
Bo-shi is notare and then round shape.
Recently it is rather difficult to buy Aoe school sword.
The sword has small sumihada and rather hard feeling than Bizen school. Tha hamon is bright and clear and also typical shape of Aoe hamon.
The Koshirae will be fitted for this blade and also good condition and nice quality.
Aoi Art estimation Paper : NBTHKTokubetsu Hozon Paper