Ordering number: 19645
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
Habaki: Silver single Habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 50.9cm or 20.03inches.
Sori:1.23cm or 0.48inches.
Width at the hamachi:2.80cm or 1.10inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.92cm or 0.75inches.
Kasane:0.65cm or 0.25inches.
The weight of the sword: grams
Era: The Meio era, the Muromachi period. 1492
Shape: Suriage Mumei. Mei is left
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well with rough surface and Utsuri.
Hamon: Koniedeki Suguha. Koashi is active in Ha. Boshi turns back round.
Special feature: This work was made by Takamitsu, a swordsmith who flourished between the mid Muromachi period and the late Muromachi period. It is so-called Katateuchi sword. In the Nambokucho period, it was mainstream to use Tachi on a horse. From the early Muromachi period, many warriors started to use Uchigatana, that is used on the ground. We call Uchigatana with this length “Katateuchi” because it is very easy to use by one hand(Katate=one hand). Those days, Jigane was good and there were many nicely-made works, but as the war went extreme and the demand for the swords increased drastically, mass production started and they started to make swords with thin Kawagane and thick Shingane.
Tsuba: Shakudo Ishimeji Tsuba. Kiri family crest is engraved with gold color. The rim is covered by gold.
Fuchikashira/Kojiri: Silver plate. Kiri family crest is engraved with gold color.
Saya: Black Roiro Saya.
Menuki: Silver plate.
Kozuka: Silver plate. Kiri family crest is engraved with gold color.
Kogatana: Mei- Bicchu Mizuta Ju Yamashiro Daijo Kunishige(not guaranteed)
From Aoi Art: Takamitsu is a descendant of Bizen Katsumitsu and called himself as Hirauemonjo. His works have beautiful Jigane and mostly Suguha Hamon. This works is elegant piece with Jigane with Utsuri and calm Suguha Hamon with Koashi. Koshirae is Toppei-ish full-set Koshirae.
NBTHK Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta