Ordering number : 18622
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (41th NBTHK Juyo Paper)
Signature : Mumei(Yoshioka Ichimonji)
Sayagaki: written by Dr. Kunzan in December 1985.
Yoshioka Ichimonji, Naginata Utsushi.
Blade length is 43.9cm.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 43.9 cm or inches.
Sori : 0.8cm or inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.05 cm or inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or inches.
Era : Late Kamakura era.
Shape : The blade is Naginata Naoshi style wide and thick,
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach and clear Utssuri appear.
Hamon :Konie deck Nioikuchi deep cyoji midair hamon and Jyuka cyoji midair mixed with soft feeling Habuchi.
In Hamon, sunagashi and long kinsuji scatter.
Bo-shi is yakizume style.
Special feature:The Ichimonji School had been prospered
in Bizen province from early Kamakura to Namboku-cho period.
It is known as one of the two greatest swordsmith groups of Bizen.
The Ichimonji school is divided broadly into four categories
classical Ko-Ichimonji in the early years, brilliant Fukuoka-Ichimonji
in the middle period, the Yoshioka-
Ichimonji andYoshioka Ichimonji and later period
and the Katayama-Ichimonji ,Syocyu Ichimonji Many excellent
swordsmiths participated actively in that period and it is thought
that Norimune was the founder of Ichimonji School.
The name “ichimonji” is derived from the Chinese character “ichi”
to symbolize their signature which means one or the first.
Some of swordsmithes used another Chinese characters to indicate the signature.
Clear midare-utsuri on the jitetsu and brilliant
choji-midare hamon make the truly attractive sword.
This katana was judged as Yoshioka-Ichimonji school.
The representative swordsmiths were Sukemitsu, Sukeyoshi and Suketsug
From Aoi Art: At a glance, the blade looks Fukuoka Ichimonji
but the Hamon is rather calm not very active like Fukuoka Ichimonji.
so the blade was judged as Yoshioka Ichimonji.
The sayagaki was done by Dr.Kunzan sensei.
Recently it is very hard to obtain Ichimonji school especially
Fukuoka and Yoshioka both ichimonji.
We recommend this sword for you and enjoy the Jigane,
Utsauri and inside of active Cyoji midair hamon and Kinsuji.
Your eyes will be improving a lot.
Aoi Art estimation Paper: 41th NBTHK Juyo Token.