Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Tsushima Kami Kachibana Tsunemitsu.
1st generation. 対馬守橘常光
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku, and regular
Shinto: Jyo Saku: Rou: Wazamono: Mumesshi
This sword belongs to Jyo jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold color single habaki.
Blade length: 39.8cm or 15.6 inches.
Sori:0.7 cm or 0.27 inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.16cm or 1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.11cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane:0.68 cm or 0.26 inches.
The weight of the sword:415grams.
Era: Edo period
Shape: Short size blade, but width is 3.16cm and thick.
Jigane: Itame-Hada well grained, regular Tsushima Jigane with Utsuri.
Hamon: From Hamachi, Suguha then Ko-Choji-Midare. Some parts is large Choji Midare. Yo worked strongly around Monouchi area. Boshi is round shape.
Special feature: Tushima Kami Tachibana Tsunemitsu was born at Esshu Kamou province and moved to Edo with Heki Mitsuhira and worked there.
From Aoi Art: After wars finished and become Edo period, the demand for swords become lower so a lot of swordsmiths moved to Edo, where was the Japanese capital and has a huge population. We think Tsunemitsu is one of them. Tsunemitsu can make swords with Utsuri and also his style looks like Ichimonji school so his swords must be popular at that time. This sword is one of those, has Utsuri and also looks like Kosaku-Ichimonji or Katayama-Ichimonji, Hamon is Ko-Choji-Midare. We strongly recommend you this work.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.