Ordering number: AS19620
Ｗaskizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae( Tokubetsu Hozon Token, Tokubetsu kicho token)
Signature : Bisyu Osafune Morimitsu Ouei 32Nen 2 Gatsuhi.
The sword was made at Ouei 32 February(1426)
middle Koto;Jyo saku oowazamono (fujishiro kantei)
(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.
The blade was polished by a
high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled J double habaki.
Blade length : 46,36 cm or 18,25 inches.
Sori :0,9cm or 0.354 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2,63 cm or1.0354 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1,51 cm or 0,594 inches.
Kasane :0,55 cm or0,217 inches.
The weight of the sword 320 grams.
Era : early Muromachi
Shape : The blade is regular width, thickness wor deep sori and longer kissaki and engraved bo-hi on both sides of the blade.
Jigane :Koitame had well grained with jinie attach and mokume mixed and chikei work
utsuri appear upper part of the Hamon.
Hamon :Konie deki cyoji midaree and gunome midre. In Hamon, sunagashi and small kinsuji work.
Special Feature: Bishu Osafune Morimitsu continued 2nd generation.
This Tanto is the first generation of the son of Tomomitsu who was called Shuri no suke.
Morimitsu and Yasumitsu are the top ranking swordsmiths of early Muromachi period.
The most different feature of other sword makers is beautiful jigane.
Morimitsu and Yasumitsu made many Sunnobi Tanto made with Swords.
Saya :on the black roar saya, fill in shell and polished.
Tsuba :Munenao:On the round shape iron Tsuba, the motif is crane is engraved with gold color. From Edo period crane is called lucky birds and used as the motif of Kodo-gu.
It is said that the couple will live their life together and complete their lives
Menuki : Munenao was working at the middle Edo period by Mr Ozaki.
Fuchikashira: a flying crane is engraved by sykudo nanako plate.
Kozuka:On the syakudo nanako plate, flying crane is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Bijyutsu:Recently it is very hard to buy Ouei Bizen sword.
Both Morimitsu and Yasumitsu are well known right and left wings of Bizen school at early Muromachi period. Especially Morimotsu is high ranking bizen school wordsmith. Reputation for its high grade.
There was a particularly high reputation among the daimyo and samurai who took high rich person. This work is a nice work as early muromachi bizen sword.
AOI Bijyutasu Syosin Kanteisyo : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token and Tokubetsu kicho token whole Oshigata.