Ordering number: 23611
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Inscription:(Kiku Mon) Ecchu Kami Masatoshi (3rd Generation)
(菊紋)越中守正俊 (三代 山城)
We categorize Japanese swords as Juyo-saku (highest quality), Jujosaku (very good), Josaku
(superior), and Futsu-to (regular) based on the craftsmanship. This piece is ranked as Jujosaku
for its excellent craftsmanship.
Habaki : Silver double Habaki.
Blade Length: 18.01 inches (45.76 cm)
Curvature (Sori): 0.43 inches (1.06 cm)
Nakago Hole (Mekugi-ana): 2
Motohaba (Width at Base): 1.17 inches (2.98 cm)
Sakihaba (Width at Tip): 0.77 inches (1.96 cm)
Thickness (Kasane): 0.27 inches (0.67 cm)
Weight of Sword: 13.05 ounces (370 grams)
Era: Edo period, Tenwa era
Shape: This sword has a well-balanced body with a moderate sori (curvature) and a good kissaki (tip).
Jigane: Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attached.
Hamon: The blade exhibits wavy patterns on both sides, and the hamon (temper pattern) is reminiscent
of the work of the 1st generation, featuring a unique undulating pattern with sand lines, and
hataraki (activity) in the form of gunome (repeated half-circles).
Characteristics: The 3rd generation Koshu no Kami Masatoshi, also known as Sansho, is
renowned for carving chrysanthemum crests akin to his father.
From Aoi Art: This is a well-crafted piece by Koshu no Kami Masatoshi (3rd Generation) featuring a distinct hamon pattern. We highly recommend this work.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole oshigata was made by Tsuruta Ayaka.