Order number : 16735
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Choshu Ju Fujiwara Kiyotsugu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 53.8 m or 21.2 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.16 cm or 1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.29 cm or 0.9 inches.
Kasane : 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Edo period, Genbun era
Shape : Wide and thick blade with a little bit deep Sori, long Kissaki.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained, Jinie attached. clean and beautiful Jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki, Gunome-midare, long Ashi work, Sunagashira work in Ha.
Special Feature : Choshu Ju Fujiwara Kiyotsugu was a student of Kyo Iga no Kami Kinmichi, he wrote the signature as Nio Kiyotsugu as well.
At this period, it might be the hardest time for swordsmiths to make a living.
Despite such an adversity Kiyotsugu made this nice Wakizashi. it looks reminds me of the works by Tadatsuna. I can say this is one of his best works.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.