Katana : Ishido Fujiwara Korekazu Seitan/Meiji 2 nen 2 Gatsu hi
Katana : in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon paper) (Gurantee : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Ishido Fujiwara Korekazu Seitan.
Meiji 2 nen 2 Gatsu hi. (February 1869).
Shinshinto:Jyojyo saku ranking:Musashi province.
The blade is polished
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 69.95cm or 27.54 inches.
Sori : 0.8cm or 0.59inch.
Width at the hamachi : 3.08cm or 1.213 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.355cm or 0.927inches.
Kasane : 0.88cm or0.346 inch.
Era : Meiji 2 years (1869)
Shape : The blade is wide and thick and also longer kissaki which is nice shaped sword.
Jitetsu : Small Itmame hada well grained with much Jinie attach.
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome and Suguha hamon with very thick Nioikuchi.
In Hamon, there are many Ashi and sunagashi and Kinsuji work.
Special feature : Ishido Korekazu was born as a nephew of Kato Chounsai Tsunatoshi, learned
from him and he succeeded the Ishido family as the seventh generation,
he passed away in 1894 aged 75.
He made Sodenbizen den which is convined with Bizen and Sosty den style.
First generation Korekazu made Bizenden style with nice Utsuri but 7th generation Korekazu made swords like Sosyu style.
This sword was made meiji 2nd year but at that time, demanding Japanese swords are very few.
Meiji Government decided to prohibit to make Japanese swords.
A lot of sword makers gave up his job.
Probably He tried to do the best for making this sword.
Tsuba : Iron sukashi Tsuba. Echizen Kinai.
Menuki : On the syakudo plate, a woman is engravedwith gold color.
Fuchikashira : On the syakudo plate, a carp is engraved with gold color.
The signature is mentioned as Iwamoto Konkan : I think not reliable but good item.
Saya : Black roiro saya.
Kojiri : Syakudo ishimeji.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
(Gurantee : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.