Ordering number : 14380
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Omi Kami Hojoji Tachibana Masahiro(2nd generation)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 54.3 cm or 21.37 inches.
Sori : 1.3 cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.98 cm or 1.17 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.27 cm or 0.89 inches.
Kasane : 0.71 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Edo period around Kanbun era.
Shape : Wide and thick blade with Sori.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. There are fine Chikei.
Hamon : Nie Deki Suguha base, Notare and Gunome Midare mix. double-Ha.
Deep Nioikuchi. There are many Yo, Sunagashi and Kinsuji. Boshi is round shape.
Special feature : Oumi no Kami Houjyoji Tachibana Masahiro was born at Tajima province
and moved to Edo who was named Takigawa Saburo Dayu. He was very skillful sword maker
and educated many sword makers. The sword is 2nd generation and he was strongly influenced by Kotetsu.
The Hamon is is very similar with Kotetu.
According to the Fujishiro book, Masahiro was a top leader of the Houjyoji school
and the blade is quite similar with Kotetsu so recently many sword collectors love this Masahiro swordsmith.
Historical background: Kanbun 3rd 1663. Junshi (the lord in death, sometimes translated as “suicide through fidelity”),
refers to the medieval Japanese act of vassals committing seppuku (ritual suicide) upon the death of their lord.
Originally it was only performed when the lord was slain in battle or murdered.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.