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Katana: Mumei(Mihara)


Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon paper)

Signature : Mumei(Mihara)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Mumei(Mihara) belongs to Jyo saku ranking.

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 74.3 cm or 29.25 inches.
Sori : 1.1 cm or 0.43 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.03 cm or 1.19 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.12 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Early Muromachi period.
Shape : Regular size Osuriage Mumei Katana.
There are Bo-Hi on both side.
Jitetsu : Itame Hada grained, Masa Nagare with Jinie attach
and visible to see the texture
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha. There are double Ha.
There are Ko-Ashi. Boshi is Hakikake style.

Special feature : Ko-mihara is the name of a swordsith group lived in Mihara of Bingo province prospered around the last Kamakura to the last Muromachi period. Masaie and Masahiro are the representative swordsmiths of this school. Distinctive points of their swords are shirake-utsuri and slight masame pattern on the jitetsu, hotsure and uchinoke on the hamon and round boshi though the comprehensive style resembles to the Yamato School's and neighboring Aoe School's. The reason why Yamato School influenced to this School is that there were many shoen; manor in medieval Japan especially owned by Buddhist temples or Shinto-shrines in Yamato province.
This katana shows a robust feature: relatively wide Mihaba
and thick kasane as a Koto and its longish kissaki. It makes a well-balanced proportion.
Jitetsu bears shirake-utsuri and Suguha-hamon includes feeble gunome-midare in places.

NBTHK Hozon Token.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 400,000-.