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Katana: Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu saku

Ordering number : 13128(Consignment sale)

Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature: Bishu Osafune Kiyomitsu saku
Tenbun 19 nen 8 gatsu hi (August 1550)

The blade was polished.
habaki:gold color double habaki.
Blade length : 70.8 cm or 27.87 inches.
Sori : 2.9 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 3.19 cm or 1.25 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.04 cm or 0.80 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Muromachi period. around Tenbun era.(1550)
Shape : There is pretty much sori with long kissaki well balaced nice looking shape.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada with ko mokume hada mixed with excellent jigane. There are utsuri seen in the ji.
Hamon : The hamachi area is suguha and then there are choji midare with gunome mixed with boshi .

Special feature : Bishuu Osafune jyuu Kiyomitsu is a swordsmith successful from late Muromachi era. His pieces varies depending on the demand of that period.
Some are carefully made zokumyo engraved pieces while others are made for more practical purpose. It was even exported to China.
Son zaemon Kiyomitsu and Gorozaemon Jo Kiyomitsu is said to be the twin jewel of Kiyomitsu. Bishuu mei blades were highly ranked and has been cherished. However after the big war, those blades were distributed broadly including those with Kizu and flaw. It is much regretted that there are kizu seen around the habuchi with Kitae kizu and tateware(A crack) but it is easy to imagine from this 462 years old blade that the bushi has preserved the katana in very good condition.

NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price:JPY 310,000-.
(including shipping and 100% insurance fee)