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Katana : Mumei (Shikkake) (NBTHK #36th Juyo Token)

Ordering number : 14623

Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae. (NBTHK #36th Juyo Token)

Signature : Mumei (Shikkake)

The blade was polished
Habaki : Gold Foiled Double Habaki
Blade length : 65.2 cm or 25.66 inches.
Sori : 1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.1 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.28 cm or 0.89 inches.
Kasane : 0.66 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Late Kamakura Period
Shape : O-suriage mumei with much width and thickness.
It is long kissaki and nice shape Shikkake sword.
Jitetsu : Itame hada well grained with jinie attached.
There is chikei works seen. It is "moist" looking clear jigane.
Hamon : Suguha style with mixture of gunome midare.
There is sunagashi and ashi well attached. There is kinsuji and sunagashi works both active.
The hamon line is soft yet very complicated texture. Boushi is also midare komi style.
There are sunagashi and kinsuji work and the kissaki is round ended.

Special feature :
Shikkake is a swordsmith from where it is now Shikake of Amari City Nara Prefecture.
The name Shikkake comes from square Shikkake Rock that was used to rest the protable shrine of Yamato Shrine.
The Yamato sword of that time had extremely fine jigane piece and the deep nioiguchi and elegance of this katana could also be accepted as Taima sword.
The soft nioiguchi hamon and the fine jitetsu shows the Taima characteristic.
At the same time, Yamato school has wide shinogi that would match all the Big 5 Yamato School characteristic,
It is fortunate that there is no Shinogi-ji on the hi. This allows us to see the condition of that time.
Shikkake blades have suguha style gunome midare however, this sword looks like Yamato Shizu from the first glance from the many activities in the ha including the activities on the boshi.
It is a sword that would be very fulfilling to observe. It will make us forget time just observing the activities in the ha.

Koshirae : Issaku Koshirae
Tsuba : Mokko shape shakudo nanakoji tsuba with Paulownia and Chrysanthemum crest engraved and inlayed with gold.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo nanakoji plate with paulowinia crest engraved and inlayed with gold.
Saya : Black Roiro saya
Menuki : Shakudo nanakoji plate with paulownia crest engraved and inlayed with gold.

NBTHK #36th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price (credit card) : JPY 2,400,000-.
Price (bank transfer) : JPY 2,352,000-. (Would you please pay bank transfer fee.)
(including shipping and 100% insurance fee)