Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Echigo Kuni Mitsuoki
Showa 18 Nen Chushu.
(The blade is made at mid Autumn 1943)
Sayagaki : Tenshoza Tanrenjyo Kyakui No-yo Endo Mitsuoki Sakuto.
Showa 18 Nen Aki Rikugun Heikisyo Shusai Shinsakuto Shuppin Kaicho Sho Juryo Eikyu Hozon no Koto Bacho.
Explanation : This blade got grand prize in army sword contest at autumn Showa 18th (1943). Chairman order to keep the blade with good condition. He forged this sword at Tenshozan factory as a guest swordsmith.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to is Jojo saku ranking.
The blade is polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Wood Habaki.
Blade length : 67.2 cm or inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.18 cm or inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.28 cm or inches.
Kasane : 0.79 cm or inches.
Era : Showa 18th (1943)
Shape : The blade is wide and thick suitable curve and long Kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach beautiful clear texture.
Hamon : Konie-deki Choji-midare Hamon with deep Nioikuchi, Ashi and Yo work.
Special feature : Mitsuoki was a swordsmith in Nigata prefecture.
and born November 1904.
He studied under Kurihara Hikosaburo, and he made many excellent swords.
He was certified as Saijo Owaza Kensayaku by Kurihara Hikosaburo.
He got many prize, for example, Yushu-sho prize, Nyusen prize,
Tokusho prize, Nihonto Daikyoshinkai Yushusho prize, Nihonto Tenrankai Tokusen prize, Meiyo Tokusensho prize, Kinpai prize, Sosaisho prize.
This blade has very beautiful Jitetsu, and clear Jigane and deep nioikuchi bright and clear.
Blade is very healthy without Kizu or rust.
Historical background : November 20th, Showa 18(1943). Japanese submarine attacked US navy escort carrier USS Liscome Bay, CVE-56.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.