Ordering Number: 23048
Wakizashi in Shirasaza(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Tsuda Oumi Kami Sukenao
Teikyo 3 Nen Nigatsu Hi
shinto: JyoJyo saku;Ryo wazamono:Settsu
(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.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki.
The blade is polished.
Blade length:46.5cm or 18.30inches.
Sori:1.0cm or 0.39inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.83cm or 1.11inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.02cm or 0.79inches.
Kasane:0.62cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:420grams
Era: Jokyo 3, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with slightly deep Sori and longer Kissaki. The
bottom of Nakago has Suriage and Nakago is relatively short.
Jigane: Koitamehada is very dense. Beautiful Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha from Hamachi and after that Gunomemidare with deep Nioikuchi. Gunomemidare is like Toranba. Ashi works well. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work in Ha. Very well-made blade.
Special feature: This blade was made by Sukenao at the age of 45, most skillful in his life. His great Toranba(O-Gunomemidare) was made with Boshi that turns back round and deeply. Ashi works well in O-Gunomemidare. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work well in Ha. A well-made work.
From Aoi Art: Oumi Kami Sukenao was born in Kanei 16 and later he became a pupil at Sukehiro school. After he became independent, he married to the daughter of Sukehiro and moved to Takagi, Oumi province. After his master passed away, he lived in Osaka.
He made a lot of excellent works by the age of 55. Some works are much more well-made than Sukehiro the 1st.
Historical Background: After Jokyo, it was almost Genroku era and the demand for swords kept on decreasing, so swords became more and more gorgeous. Toranba, carving, and Saidanmei became very popular. This work has similar Hamon:
Gunomemidare almost like Toranba.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation Paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta