Ordering number: AS19625
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Mumei(Tametsugu)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length :57.0 cm or22.44 inches.
Sori :0.9cm or 0.354inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.0cm or 1.18 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.32 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane :0.49 cm or 0.193 inches.
The weight of the sword 530 grams.
Era : Nanbokucyo period
Shape : The blade is O-suriage mumei with double Hi
on both sides of the blade and suitable sori with O-kissaki gorgeous blade.
Jigane :Itame hada and mokume hada well grained
with jinie attach and visible to see the texture.
Hamon :Nie deki, Togari gunome midare with rather deep nioikuchi
and sunagashi and many Kinsuji work.
Bo-shi is midarekomi deep nioikuchi and kinsuji work.
Special feature: It is an accepted opinion that Tametsugu was a son of
Go (No) Yoshihiro and learned under Norishige though
there is still room for more research about the difference
of chrono-range among them. Both Yoshihiro
and Norishige were counted among ten brilliant pupils of Masamune.
Norishige created a peculiar texture of jitetsu compounded soft
and hard iron commonly called matsukawa-hada
or Norishige-hada in Japanese.
Tametsugu’s works in Echizen province dated in 1357 and 1369
are still remain on the record as oshigata pictures.
An extant inscrived Noshu Ju Fujiwara Tametsugu in 1374
shows he moved to Mino province from 1369 to 1374 .
Judging from the texture of jitetsu, this katana should be attributed
to Hokkoku-mono, forged in the northern province of Japan.
Deep-nioikuchi, thick nie, many sunagashi and kiusuji
form an attractive temperline of Tametsugu. Both jitetsu and hamon create a healthy impression.
Tsuba: On the mokko style brass plate,
a dragon and waves are engraved:Hirado school.
Saya: red brown color kawari nurd saya.
Kojiri: On the iron plate, some designe is engraved Jykushi style.
Fuchikashira: On the syakudo palte, waves and a family crest are engraved.
Menuki: a dragon is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: This sword is rather wide and thick with oo kissaki nice looking shape.
There is a small kizu to the Kissaki area but not serious.
The sword accompanied with NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper.
Recently it is rather hard to buy this kind of So-syu den school.
The Wakizashi is long and ookissaki nice looking shape
so I recommend this sword for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.