Ordering number: 22209
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK the 64th Juyo Token)
Signature :Mumei( Katayama Ichimonji)
Sayagaki(translation): There is old judgement of “Bizen Kuni Nagamori”. Blade Length: 1 Shaku 8 Sun 1 Bu and half. A true masterpiece. Written in early winter of Showa 17 by Fujimitsu(Kao).
(judged by lost Origami as Den Bizen Nagamori Kyoho 16 Nen Origami Tsuki)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
Chukoto: Jyo-saku: Bizen
This sword belongs to saijyo saku ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 54.85cm or 21.59inches.
Sori : 1.06cm or 0.41inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.15cm or 1.24inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.77cm or 1.09inches.
Kasane : 0.48cm or 0.18inches.
The weight of the sword 570 grams
Era : The Enbun era, the Nambokucho period
Shape : Osuriage Mumei. The blade is broad and normally thick with big Kissaki. Nambokucho shape.
Jigane : Itamehada is grained well with active Chikei. It flows with lots of Jinie with Utsuri.
Hamon : Koniedeki like Nioideki. Choji and Ko-Choji with Ko-Gunome. Koashi and Yo come in a lot. Utsuri appears. Nioikuchi works softly and Kinsuji/Sunagashi work. Boshi is Midarekomi. Big Kinsuji comes in at the tip.
Special feature: This work used to have Origami written in Kyoho 16. It was once judged as Bizen Osafune Nagamori, but NBTHK judged as Katayama Ichimonji. Origami is lost, but it is written on registration card.(We will return the card at the time of exporting, but we will give you a copy if you want to have one.) Our description will be written according to NBTHK’s judgement. Katayama Ichimonji school is said to have flourished after Norifusa, a swordsmith from Fukuoka Ichimonji school, moved to Katayama. Up to now, it was normal to regard the place “Katayama” as in Bicchu Kuni, but now many people think that it must have been Katayama near Bizen Kuni, Fukuoka. There is a room for research. High spot of the school is that Jigane is strong and bright, Chojimidare has relatively smaller patterns than Fukuoka Ichimonji, Midare is upside-down like Aoe, and Ashi in Hachu is short.
From Aoi Art: We can see the great points of Katayama Ichimonji in Jigane, Hamon, and shape of this sword. Nioideki is small-patterned but the blade has many interesting changes, and Nioikuchi is satisfying. This work used to have Origami written in Kyoho 16, judging it as Den Bizen Nagamori, but it seems that it was abandoned when it was designated as Juyo Token and judged differently. We truly recommend this masterpiece to you.
NBTHK the 64th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta