Ordering number: 16123
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Mumei(unsigned) attributed as Naoe Shizu.
(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 : 48.6 cm or 19.13 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.354 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.84 cm or 1.118 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.74 cm or 1.08 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword: 455grams.
Era : Nanbokucyo period.
Shape : The bled ws Nagamaki style before
and cut shortened at Edo period.
Jigane :Itame had hadaatachi and visible to see
the texture well and chike also.
Hamon :Nie deki, Notare Gunome midare
and togari gunome mixed with sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Bo-shi is midarekomi yakizume style.
Special feature: Recently the NBTHK judged this unsigned Wakizashi as Naoe-Shizu. The name of Naoe-shizu is the general term of the pupils of Shizu Saburo Kaneuji. Shizu the 1st,
Kaneuji was one of the most skillful swordsmiths
of the Masamune School. Kanetomo, Kanenobu and Kanetsugu were
students of Kaneuji. They moved to Naoe from Shizu
in Mino province and made swords there so they are called Naoe-Shizu.
Some of his students gave one’s name as Naoe-Shizu.
That is, Kaneuji on and after the second generation, Kanetomo,
Kanetsugu, Kanenobu and so on are seemed to correspond to Naoe-Shizu.
The style of Naoe-Shizu is that: a compact Nioi-Kuchi
and full activity in the Ha compared with Shizu style.
From Aoi Art: This sword must be very long Nagamaki
but cut shortened at Edo period.
Especially The Jigane is nice polished by high ranking polisher
and produced nice texture.
The blade has accompanied with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.