Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper) (Consignment sale)
Signature : Mumei(Den Naoe Shizu)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Mumei (Den Naoe Shizu) belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled
Blade length : 73.2 cm or 28.81 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.05 cm or 1.20 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.67 cm or 0.65 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho Period
Shape : It is wide and thick Katana with Bo-hi engraved at both side of the blade.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with mixture of mokume hada.
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome midare with soft Ashi work.
Special feature : It is the accepted view that Kaneuji, one of a ten brilliant pupils of Masamune was the founder of Naoe-Shizu school. Kaneuji worked at Shizu in Mino province. He and his followers moved to Naoe in the Nambokucho period. Representative swordsmiths were Kaneuji, Kanetsugu, Kanetomo and Kanenobu but their signed pieces are extremely rare. This sword is very healthy nice sword and also fantastic well grained Ko iteme hada.
Inside of the bo-hi, some lose hada appera but on the Ji, the condition is good.
The blade is longer and rather wide with deep nice sori good looking sword.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.