Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Tanba Ayabe Jyu Kato Unjyu Nobukazu Saku No
Bunkyu 3 Nen 8 Gatsuhi (1863March)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Tanba Ayabe Jyu Kato Unjyu Nobukazu belongs to saijyo saku ranking.
Shinshinto : Chujyosaku : Musashi
The blade was polished
Habaki : Syakudo single habaki.
Blade length : 71 cm or 27.95 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.24 cm or 1.27 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.30 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.90 cm or 0.35 inches.
Weight of only blade : 980g
Era : Late Edo period, Bunkyu era.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick very healthy blade.
Jitetsu : Koitame had well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare with thick nioikuchi.
In Hamon, there are many sunagashi and small kinsuji work.
Special feature : Tanba Ayabe Jyu Kato Unjyu Nobukazu was a student
of the Ishido Unjyu Korekazu and made many swords for his master.
So his own swords are few.
The blade looks typical his master Korekazu both Nakago and hamon and Jignane.
I think he was reliable student of his master Korekazu.
The blade is very healthy without Kizu and flow excellent sword.
We recommend this sword for you.
Tsuba : On the syakudo plain plate, the rim(mimi) is covered by gold color.
Fuchikashira : On the iron plate, grapes and squirrel are engraved with gold color.
Saya : Black ishimeji saya.
Menuki : Squirrel is engraved with gold color.
The subject of grapes and squirrel are used ordinary.
Because grapesin Japanese word is Budo(samurai’s spirit) and squirrel which is called Risu (benefit, use skillfully) so many samurai like this swords Budo Risu.
Anyway this sword is quite nice like his master’s sword.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : 950,000 JPY-