Wakizashi: Mumei(Mihara)

Ordering number: 19637
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : Mumei (Mihara)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to jyo jyo saki ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 54.1cm or 21.29 inches.
Sori : 0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi :2.6 cm or 1.02 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.83 cm or 0.72 inches.
Kasane : 0.72 cm or 0.28 inches.
The weight of the sword 475 grams.
Era : Early Muromachi period.
Shape : O-suriage Mumei, regular width and thickness Wakizashi with slightly shallow Sori.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
The Jigane is beautiful and soft feeling. There are Utsuri.
Hamon : Nie Deki, tight Sugua. Boshi is round and pointed style.

Special feature: Mihara school was active in Bingo province(present Hiroshima prefecture) from Kamakura period to Edo period. Most of the blades are Suguha Hamon.
In particular, the Jigane makes you feel soft.
Mihara school is devided 3 section, Komihara, Mihara and Sue mihara.
Komihara school is Late kamakura to Nanbokucho period and Mihara school is working from early Muromachi to middle Muromachi and from middle to late Muromachi is called Suemihara.
In general, old swords are made with high quality iron.
Sue Mihara are same as Sue Bizen and Sue Mino, there are many blades with soft Jigane that are rough texture.

Koshirae :
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Round shape brass Tsuba, dragon is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako, dragon is engraved with gold color.
Menuki : dragon is engraved with gold color.
Kozuka: Shakudo Nanako, dragon is engraved with gold color.
Kogai: Shakudo Nanako, dragon is engraved with gold color.

From Aoi Art: This blade has clear Utsuri. At a glance, the blade remids of Enju. But the Jigane is soft and there are few works in the Ha, the blade was judged as old Mihare.
The Shinogi-Ji is also Ko Itame Hada. It is made of high quality iron that gives it an atiquated feel.
The production date is considered to be around 1444 Bunan era.
Especially, the Utsuri clearly appeared.
Probably at that time, it was thought that the blade was around Bizen, Bicchu and Enju.

NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.

Price : 480,000 JPY-.
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