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Katana: Maizuru Tomohide


Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Maizuru Tomohide

Shinshinto: Chujo saku ranking : Kawachi province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo saku ranking.

The blade is polished.
Habaki : Copper rock shape habaki which is called Ganseki Habaki.
Blade length : 77 cm or 30.3 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.38 cm or 1.33 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 3.0 cm or 1.18 inches.
Kasane : 0.70 cm or 2.73 inches.
Weight: 955 grams

Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : The blade is very wide and thick Shinogiji but thin Mine with suitable curve and Ookisaki gorgeous shape and also long Nakago.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful nice texture.
Hamon : Nie-deki Suguha based double Hamon and Notare Gunome-midare mixed.
In Haon, there are Sunagashi and Yo work. Boshi is Yakizume style with thick Nioikuchi.

Special feature: Maizuru Tomohide was active around the end of Edo period.
He was a swordsmith of the Kawachi Sayama Domain Daimyo and moved to Edo probably to study from Koyama Munetsugu or other famous swordsmiths.
He researched how to forge cut well swords. His swords are wide and thin and Ookissaki style gorgeous blade and also long Nakago shape.
This sword is quite gentle Soshu style elegant blade.
He didn't engraved any Bo-Hi on the blade by himself.
Probably he intentionally chose to make Mine thin rather then engrave Bo-hi to make blade more tough.
We strongly recommend this gorgeous long length and wide and long Kissaki nice looking blade.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

price : JPY 900,000-