Ordering number: 22587
Wakizashi in Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)
Signature: Odawara Hachimanyama Ju Kiyohira
Empo 8 Nen Kanoe Saru Nen 2 Gatsu Hi
(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.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki
The blade is polished.
Blade length:48.33cm or 19.02inches.
Sori:1.212 cm or 0.47inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.11cm or 1.22inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.3cm or 0.90inches.
Kasane:0.7cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword:550grams
Era: Empo 8, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with longer Kissaki. Monouchi is sturdy and the blade has enough thickness.
Jigane: Koitamehada is mixed with Mokumehada. Jigane is clear.
Hamon: Niedeki Gunomemidare with deep Nioikuchi. Sunagashi and Kinsuji work in Ha.
Special feature: Kashu Kiyohira is also known as Tsujimura Gorouemon, the 4th son of Jinroku Kanewaka the 1st. There is a blade that has engraving of “Gyonen 70 Sai”(70 years old) made in Genroku 2, so we know he was born in Gennna 6. He moved to the east area in Shouoh 2. At that time, he became a employed swordsmith of Inaba family, and moved to Odawara. However, he already engraved “Oite Bushu Edo Tsukuru Kore” with a production date of Shouoh 2, so he must have moved to Edo in Shouoh 2 or earlier. He started to engrave “Soshu Hachimanyama Ju Kiyohira” in Kanbun 2, and engraved only “Tsujimura Kiyohira” in Manji 2. So he was in Odawara between that time.
Tsuba: Round-shaped Shakudo Tsuba. Waves and dragon are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Iron plate. Japanese hand fan is engraved with gold color. Mei- Ichiyousai Hironao Saku Koka 4 Hinoto Hitsuji Ki Fuyu
Saya: Dark-brown Ishimeji Saya
Menuki: Tiger is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Kashu Kiyohira was an ace swordsmith who were good at Soshuden. He made lots of Gunomemidare with uneven changes of height. Boshi is Niedeki Hakikake. This blade is broad and thick and has enough thickness. Jigane is beautiful with strong Gunomemidare Hamon. Koshirae is also nicely-made. We truly recommend this to you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
NBTHK Hozon Tosogu paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta