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Katana: Sashu Ju Fujiwara Motohiko/Meiji 2nen 2 gatsuhi


Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature: Sashu Ju Fujiwara Motohiko
Meiji 2nen 2 gatsuhi (1869 Feb)

The blade was polished.
Habaki: Copper single foiled habaki
Blade length : 71.3cm or 28.07 inches.
Sori : 1.0cm or 0.39inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.22cm or 1.27inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 0.62cm or 0.24inches.
Kasane : 2.15cm or 0.85inches.
Era : Meiji 2year (1869).
Shape : It is wide and thick katana. The kissaki part is long. It is massive katana.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached, It is muji style jigane.
Hamon : NIe structure gunome midare with mixture of choji midare.
Ashi is well attached and also many yo activities.

Special feature : Sashu Jyu Fujiwara Motohiko is a sword smith from late Edo period and has
oved to Sado(NIgata prefecture). There is unique characteristic on the nakago filing where the
filing mark is engraved vertically.

Historical background: Sado is known for Kanayama and is told that many prisoners have been
working there. This katana is a well made sword of Sashu Ju Fujiwara Motohiko.
At Meiji 4th year when the sword prohibition was issued, sword smiths had no choice
but to quit there job.

NBTHK Hozon Paper

Price (credit card) : JPY 550,000-.