Ordering Number: 22311
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Mumei(judged as 三原正信, Mihara Masanobu)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo ranking.
habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Blade length: 44.8cm or 17.6inches.
Sori:0.5cm or 0.19inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi: 2.78cm or 1.09inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 0.5cm or 0.19inches.
Kasane : 0.63cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword: 435 grams
Era: The Nambokucho period
Shape: Osuriage Mumei. The blade is slightly broad and thick with solid atmosphere.
Sori is slightly shallow and Kissaki is longer. 2 lined Hi on the front ,and Hi and Soehi on the back.
Jigane: Koitamehada is very dense with light Utsuri.
Hamon: Niedeki suguha with Uchiyoke. Boshi is big and turns back in a small circle.
Special feature: This work is a Mumei work judged as Mihara Masanobu. It has passed NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token. According to the Nihonto Encyclopedia, Bingo kuni Mitsugi-gun Mihara was called Miwara before Meiji period. Mihara swordsmiths and Onomichi swordsmiths were divided into 2 different schools. Jigane is dense and blackish: very elaborate.
From Aoi Art: Elaborate Jigane with light Utsuri. The blade has gold foiled double Habaki, so it has to be highly-rated work. Beautiful Jigane and Hamon are proof of their quality and class as works of art. We truly recommend this to you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta