Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Edagiku Oumi Kami Minamoto Hisamichi(2nd generation)
Motte Nanbantetsu Kitae Tsukuru Kore Enkyo 5 nen Tatsu Shogatsu Hi
Explanation: Used Nanban iron, at New Year’s day 1748
Shinto: Chujyo Saku: Yamashiro
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saki)This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 69.54 cm or 27.37 inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.36 cm or 0.92 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.36cm or 0.92 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Late Edo period, around Enkyo era(1748).
Shape: Suriage Machiokuri Katana, rather wide and thick, nice Nikuoki Katana.
Hamon: Nie Deki Gunome Midare, deep Nioikuchi.
In Ha, there are many Ashi, Kinsuji and Sunagashi. Boshi is round Hakikake shape.
Special feature : Oumi kami Hisamichi is a student of second generation Iga no kami Kinmichi.
He is not originally from Mishian however he has received the honor of becoming one
of 5 selective Kyoto sword smith.
At Kanbun first year, he has received the post of Oumi daijyo and
at the same year he has changed his post to Oumi no kami.
Some of his works include Kikumon of 16 petals while he has also engraved Kiku-mon with branches.
There were no branch Kiku-mon used for Enpo 8th Year Augustj.
He was allowed to use the signature of Second generation Igano kami Kinmichi MIshina signature.
On the nakago, there is branch crest engraved.
It is rare for the blade to made at new year’s day. This blade is very nice work.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.