Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Yamashiro Daijyo Minamoto Kunishige
(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: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length:40.15 cm or 15.80inches.
Sori:0.766cm or 0.30inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.43cm or 1.35inches.
Kasane:0.76cm or 0.29inches.
The weight of the sword:465 grams.
Era: Edo period, Jokyo era
Shape: The blade is broad with 3.43cm and thick, solid Hirauchi-Wakizashi, Nioikuchi is good and in a healthy condition.
Jigane: Itame-hada, Hadadachi, Jinie is attached.
Hamon: Niedeki, Gunome-midare with deep Nioikuchi, long Kinsuji and Sunagashi work in Hachu, Boshi turns back round and Kinsuji turns back with Hakigake.
Special feature: Yamashiro Daijo Minamoto Kunishige is a sword smith from Mizuta school, called himself as Otsukiden Shichirou, made swords in Edo or Sakushu Tsuyama but he was originally from Bicchu, succeeded to Yamashiro Daijo Minamoto Kunishige 2nd generation, called himself also as Edo Mizuta.
From Aoi Art: Yamashiro Daijo Minamoto Kunishige was called as Edo Mizuta, succeeded to the traditions of Mizuta school and flourished in Edo. His typical style is Gunome-midare with deep Nioikuchi and Aranie, as you can see in this work. This work has relatively less Aranie but beautiful thick Nioikuchi, which has a wild atmosphere, while Sunagashi and Kinsuji work well in Hachu. It is very exciting to see the wild and rough Hamon with deep Nioikuchi and long Kinsuji, which we truly recommend for you.
Habaki is a gold foiled double one, very nicely made.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.