Katana in Shirasaya with Koshiare (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Sukemune Saku (Shhimada) 1st generation
Sue Koto: Chujo Saku: Suruga province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 69.0 cm or 27.16 inches.
Sori : 2.5 cm or 0.98 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.09 cm or 1.21 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.20 cm or 0.86 inches.
Kasane : 0.74 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Muromachi period, around Tenbun era(1532-1555)
Shape : Regular size Katana with deep Sori. The Kissaki is long.
Jigane : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. There are fine Chikei.
Hamon : Ko-Nie Deki, Gunome Midare and Chiji Midare with tight Nioikuchi.
In Ha, there are Ko-Ashi and Yo. Boshi is Midarekomi double Ha.
Special feature : Shimada Sukemune continued for 3 generations.
From the workmanship, this blade was made by first generation.
At first glance, this blade remind Heianjo Nagayoshi.
This Katana is very nice shape, Ubu-Nakago and one Mekugi hole.
The signature is typical Sukemune engraving.The Jigane is quite nice.
This blade is masterpiece.
Saya : Black Roior Saya.
Tsuba : Round shape Shakudo plane Tsuba. Late Edo period.
Menuki : Shakudo Nanako, Kiri-mon family crest is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira : Shakudo, Kuyo-mon family crest is engraved with gold color.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.