Katana : Mumei (Taima) (23rd NBTHK Juyo paper)
Katana in Shirasaya(23rd NBTHK Juyo paper)
Signature : Mumei (Taima)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Mumei (Taima) belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 70.60 cm or 27.79 inches.
Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.82 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.12 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.11 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Late Kamakura period.
Shape : Wide and thick blade with large Sori.
There are Bo-Hi on both side.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
It is clear Jigane.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha with thick Nioikuchi.
There are Ashi. Boshi is Midarekomi shape with thick Nioikuchi.
Special feature : In Yamato sword makers devised Taima, Hosyo, Shikkake, Tegai and Senjyuin.
Taima school belonged to the Taima temple sword makers who were working for this temple.
The place is located Nara prefecture Taima city Taima temple.
At 1248, Taima Kuniyuki started to make swords at that place and continued till late Nanbokucyo period.
Taima school is rather different from other Yamato school.
The first stage of the Taima school looks like Sosyu Yukimitsu.
The Jigane is excellent and niedeki thick nioikuchi and strong kinsuji work.
I think this Taima temple was very rich and used high quality Tamahagane for making swords.
This sword looks mixed up Sosyu den style.
The blade is deep nioikuchi which remind us Sosyu Yukimitsu.
23rd NBTHK Juyo paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.