Ordering number: 21520
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Dewa Kami Minamoto Mitsuhira
Sayagaki: Zaimei Dewa Kami Minamoto Mitsuhira
Jidai Keian era. Blade length is 1 Shaku 7 Sun 1bu.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold and silver foiled double Habaki.
Blade length: 51.8 cm or 20.39inches.
Sori: 0.6 cm or 0.23inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.1 cm or 1.22inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.2 cm or 0.86 inches.
Kasane:0.63cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:535grams.
Era: Edo period, Jouou era(1652)
Shape: The body is broad and thick, Kissaki is normal, Bo-hi is engraved on both sides.
Jigane: Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attached, clear Utsuri appears.
Hamon :Koniedeki, Choji-midare starts from Hamachi and ends at Kissaki. Boshi is
Notare and turns back in a small circle.
Special feature: Dewa Kami Minamoto Mitsuhira was called “Eso Ishidou” at
that time, succeeded to the Bizenden and made great swords.
Surname is Hioki, and he is a younger brother of Ishidou Tunemitsu,
succeeded to Dewa Kami, and used also the Mei of “Dewa Nyudo.
Mitsuhira was first on the list of Bizenden, and his works are as great as
Ichimonji. Clear Utsuri appears on Jigane and splendid Choji-midare with
working Ha: very good copy of the Koto Ichimonji.
From Aoi Art:This work is broad and thick, very solid, a copy of Ichimonji.
There are many swords whose Mei was erased and faked as Ichimonji
or Hatada Kami family. If you judge them, you have to watch carefully the shape
of Hamon at Kissaki, whether Shinogi-ji is Masame, and whether it has
Bo-hi. The judgment of Ichimonji is very difficult. This is a great piece of art,
which we truly recommend for you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper