Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Tenpo 11 Koharu
Satsuma-shin Okuhira Motohiro
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Katana belongs to Jojo-saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 71.50 cm or 28.14 inches.
Sori: 1.30 cm or 0.51 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 3.11 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 2.25 cm or 0.88 inches.
Kasane: 0.73 cm or 0.28 inches.
Era: Edo period Tenpo era.
Shape: Wide and slightly thick blade slightly curved with long Kissaki well balanced blade.
Jitetsu: Koitame-hada well grained with Jinori attached blackish strict Jigane.
Hamon: Nie-deki Gonome Midare Saryu and Kinsuji working. Midarekomi Boshi.
Special feature : Satsuma Okuhira Motohiro is a son of Yamato-kami Motohira and called himself Okujiro. His blade is similar as his father, Gonome-midare Saryu working Midarekomi Boshi wild blade.
End of stem of the blade is not in center similar as Motohira’s blade. (This was to avoid fake signature)
Quality and signature is very similar as father Motohira so he seem he assisted his father on forging blades. Probably he engraved his father’s signature.
We recommend this sword for Satsuma sword collector.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : JPY 1,800,000-.