Katana in Shirasaya (21st NBTHK Juyo Paper)
Signature : Hizen Koku Kawachi kami Fujiwara Masahiro (Second Generation)
Sayagaki: HIzen koku Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro This blade is the best quality of the second generation.
Blade length is Nishaku sansun Kyubu
Shinto: Jyosaku: Hizen
The blade has best polish
Habaki: gold double foiled habaki
Blade length : 72.57cm or 28.57 inches.
Sori : 1.2cm or 0.47inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.15cm or 1.24inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.05cm or 0.81inches.
Kasane : 0.71cm or 0.28inches.
Era : Edo period circa Kanbun
Shape : It is wide and thick blade with some sori.
The kissaki is long ended. It is nice shape katana.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attahced. It is typical Hizen Konukaw hada steel.
Hamon : Nie structure funome midare with ups and downs in the ha.
The deep nioiguchi hamon reminds of the dense summer cloud.
Ashi is well attached. Sunagashi and kinsuji activities could be observed as well. Boushi is large and round ended.
Special feature : Hizen Kawachi no kami Masahiro was from school of first generation Hizen koku Tadayoshi
and his name was Hashimoto Yashichiro. He was the son of first generation Masahiro.
He cut his first signature as Masanaga and when first generation Masahiro died ,
he has changed his name to Kawachi no kami Masahiro.
After cutting his first signature as Hizen koku Musashi no kami Fujiwara Masaniga
he then cut his signature HIzen koku Kawachi no kami Fujiushi Masahiro,
Hizen koku Kawachi no kami Fujishi Masahiro, Hizen koku Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro and so on.
He has passed away at the age of 73 Genroku 12th year.
This katana has deep nioiguchi like summer cloud and there is many activities as sunagashi and kinsuji.
On the sayagaki, it is written that it is best piece of second generation Masahiro
and it is incomparable with his other piece .
We have seen many HIzen koku Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro pieces in the past however
this Masahiro is truely his best piece and absolutely flawless. It is breath taking sword.
NBTHK 21st Jyuyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.