Ordering number: 20093
Wakizashi in Shirasaya( NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Mumei (Shikkake Norinaga)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :Silver single habaki.
Blade length: 51.7 cm or 20.3 inches.
Sori :1.5cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi: 2.87 cm or 1.12 inches.
Kasane : 0.76cm or 0.29 inches.
The weight of the sword 565 grams.
Era: End of Kamakura period
Shape: Nagamaki short as Wakizashi size The Nagamaki was cut shortened to Wakizashi
Jigane: Itame-hada and Mokume-hada well grained, Jinie attaced and there is thin Shirake Utsuri.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha base, Gunome-midare with Ashi and Yo. Uchinoke and Nijuba mixed.
Boshi: Tip is sharp, Hakikake style.
Shinogiji: Itame-hada and Mokume-hada mixed
Special feature: Shikkake is one of Yamato 5 schools (Senjuin, Tegai, Taima, Ho-Sho, Shikkake). All of 5 schools are made swords for their solders for temple or shrines and each has differences on their style. Shikkake is Suguha base with Ashi and Gunome.
From Aoi Art: Norinaga is the ancestor of Shikkake. Kitae is Itame-hada like flow, Jigane attached, Hamon is also good. NBTHK says the sword is Mumei attributed as Shikkake Norinaga which means was made in the end of the Kamakura period. Some of Naginata-naoshi are passed Juyo Token. It is worth trying to apply.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.