Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Mumei (Tegai)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Mumei (Tegai) belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 71.4 cm or 28.1 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.9 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.15 cm or 0.84 inches.
Kasane : 0.58 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period.
Shape : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
The Jigane is beautiful.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha.
Special feature : The founder of the Tegai started by Kanenaga
and continued to Edo period.
In Yamato school, Tegai, Sikkake, Taima, Senjyuin, and Hosho are divided.
These school sword makers were buddhist monks and intensely religious
and made swords with their whole heart.
Generally speaking it is rather easy to distinguish which school belong to the sword.
They adhere strictly to making craft and way like religion so the sword
has distinctive jigane and hamon.
Also very few swords has signature.
Yamato tegai Kanenaga is quite well jigane and with thick nioikuchi Hamon.
If the blade has item hada and masanagare, the blade must be late Nanbokucho period
or Muromachi period buty this sword is more elegant and clear texture.
This Jigane is quite nice.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.