Katana : Mumei (Dotanuki)
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Mumei (Dotanuki)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku.
This Dotanuki belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.)
The blade has high quality polish done.
Habaki : Silver Double Habaki
Blade length : 71.3 cm or 28.07 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.11cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.17cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period.
Shape : It is O-Suriage mumei sword with Bori engraved to the nakago both the front and back.
It is rather thick long kissaki sword. From the figure, it is late Muromachi period piece.
Jitetsu : Itame hada well grained with jinie attached.
The hada pattern is engraved. Chikei works is appearing as well.
Hamon : Nie Deki suguha with mixture of gunome midare.
The ha becomes double and triple ha with much sunagashi and kinsuji activities.
Special feature : Do-Tanuki was originally based in Kyushu Higo Kikuchi and has flourished during late Muromachi period.
Although they were valued low for their rough jigane works, the sharpness was valued highly.
There are many collectors that collect Kyushu Higo Do-Tanuki work.
This piece is mumei but there is less kizu compared to average Do-Tanuki.
It is a Masterpiece.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.