Katana: Choshu Ju Kiyotsugu
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae
Signature : Choshu Ju Kiyotsugu
Showa 18 nen 12 gatsu hi.
(froged at December 1943)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Single silver Habaki.
Blade length : 66.0 cm or 26.0 inches.
Sori : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.28 cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.33 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.82 cm or 0.32 inches.
Era : Duaring WW2.
Shape : Wide and thick blade remaining Ubu-Ha.
Jigane : Itame Hada well grained with Masa mixed and Jinie attach.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha with many Ashi and Yo working.
We can see Sunagashi on Ha. Boshi turns round shape.
Special feature : Choshu Ju Kiyotsugu seems to be a disciple of Kiyotsugu who was disciple of Kyo Iganokami Kanemichi in Nio school.
Jigane is Itame-hada with Masame mixed. There are few Kizu (scratches) on surface but wonderful work as a Showa blade well grained.
We can't see a sword forged by Choshu Ju Kiyotsugu after the war is over. I think he close down as a swords smith when Japan defeat.
This blade is polished well. I recommend this sword for Showa blade for someone prefer Showa blade.
Saya : Black Ishimeji Saya.
Tsuba : Some pattern engraved on iron Tsuba with gold color.
Fuchi-kashira : Crouds engraved on iron plate with gold color.
Menuki : Buddha statue of Nio (Kongorikishi) engraved on Shakudo plate.
Historical background : Departure of students for the front has started in Japan from December 1st, 1943.
NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.