Ordering number: 22036
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token)
Mei: Mumei(attributed as Den Norishige)
Sayagaki: Dai 26 Kai Juyo Token Ecchu Kuni Norishige Suriage Mumei Nari Jidai Showa No Koro Kahin Nagasa 1 Shaku 8 Sun 5 Bu Aru Korę Showa 56 Toshi Tori Gokugetsu Shi Kore Honami Nisshu (Kao)
(Translation: NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token. Suriage Mumei by Ecchu Kuni Norishige. It was made in the Showa era, the Kamakura period. Beautiful work. Length: 55.8cm. Written in Showa 56, Tori-year, Honami Nisshu(Kao).
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku, Jyo saku, and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by the most qualified polisher.
Habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length: 55.8cm or 21.96inches.
Sori:1.7cm or 0.66inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.56 cm or 1.00inches.
Kasane:0.64cm or 0.25inches.
The weight of the sword:460grams.
Era: The Gentei era, the Kamakura period(around 1321)
Shape: Nagamaki was cut off to be Naga-Wakizashi.
Jigane: Itamehada is mixed with Mokumehada and O-Itamehada with Utsuri. Hadame is visible. Jigane and Chikei appear really clearly by the highly-qualified polish.
Hamon: Mainly Suguha, mixed with Gunome. They are mixing like a smoke with soft Nioikuchi. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work really actively inside that. Boshi is Hakikake with Kinsuji which works in Hachu.
Special Feature: Norishige is a swordsmith from Ecchu, originally named Saikishi Fuoi Gun Gofuku Ju Kurosaburo, and a pupil of Soshu Masamune. He was one of the “Masamune Juttetsu”.(top 10 pupils of Masamune)
From Aoi Art: This work is made from Nagamaki. Sori is strong and Jigane is Incredibly grained with Chikei. Hamon is also great with active Sunagashi/Kinsuji. Norishige made lots of Tanto and most of his works have Mei. So, it is said that it is relatively easy to judge his works. Jigane and Hamon are unique and beautiful, We truly recommend this masterpiece.
NBTHK the 26th Juyo Token
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