Ordering number: 23444
Wakizashi: in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Token)(consignment sale)
Inscription (Mei): Ōshū Aizu-jū Masanaga
Shinto: Chusaku: Mutsu
At our company, we categorize swordsmith works based on their quality: Finest, Excellent, Fine, and Ordinary. This piece’s quality ranks it as a Fine work. Polished.
Habaki: Gold/Silver-fitted double-layered habaki
Blade Length: 54.5 cm (21.46 inches)
Curvature: 1.2 cm (0.47 inches)
Peg Hole: 1
Width at Base: 3.06 cm (1.20 inches)
Width at Tip: 2.07 cm (0.81 inches)
Thickness: 0.69 cm (0.27 inches)
Weight: 550 grams
Era: Edo Period
Configuration: This piece has a wide and solid build, with a moderately deep curvature and an elongated, sturdy tip. While there is a forged section on the upper part of the tang’s left side, the overall presentation is dignified.
Steel Grain: The fine ko-itame grain is well-kneaded, displaying a refined jihada (surface grain pattern) along with chikei (dark lines resembling wood grain).
Temper Pattern (Hamon): The hamon features nie (crystalline structure) with a midare pattern of gunome (crescent-shaped elements) and activities like ashi (short lines) and yo (long lines). The hamon widens gracefully towards the monouchi (cutting edge).
Special Features: Ōshū Aizu-jū Masanaga excelled in creating aesthetically pleasing pieces during a period of declining sword demand. As a result, this work boasts a beautiful hamon with elements such as kinsuji (golden lines) and sunagashi (sand-like lines).
From Aoi Art: This piece showcases a bright hamon with skillfully integrated kinsuji and sunagashi, enhancing its allure. The blade’s width is well-proportioned to its length, and the masame hada (straight grain pattern) flows elegantly.
NBTHK Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta
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