Order number : AS17199
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Satsuma Kuni Fujiwara Masafusa
Buun Chokyu Bunsei 9Nen Shimotsuki hi(November 1826)
Shinshinto: Ryo saku: Satsuma province.
(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 : Silver double Habaki.
Blade length : 41.4 cm or 16.29 inches.
Sori :0.6cm or 0.23 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.285cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.72 cm or 1.07 inches.
Kasane : 0.61cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : Wide and thick Okissaki Wakizashi.
Jigane : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
The blackish Jigane.
Hamon :Nie Deki, Gunome Midare with thick Niokuchi.
There are wide Ashi, Sunagashi and long Kinsuji.
Special feature : Masafusa was a swordsmith in Sasshu province (Kagoshima prefecture).
Masafusa continued some generations from Kan-ei era(around 1624) to late Edo period.
From Aoi Art: The blade reminds of Satsuma Motohira or Hoki Kami Masayuki. The Hamon is Gunome Midare with thick Nioikuchi.
There are many Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
The Jigane is splendid. This is Satsuma masterpiece blade.
Back ground of age : In 1828, it was revealed that in 1828 Kageyasu TAKAHASHI who was shomotsu bugyo (archive commissioner)
taking charge of Momijiyama Library presented Ino map to a doctor working at the Dutch trading house in Nagasaki,
Philipp Franz von Siebold (1796-1866) in spite of a ban on possessing the map
so Kageyasu TAKAHASHI was arrested and died in prison in March the following year (Siebold Incident).
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.