Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Ushu Shonai Han Fujiwara Kiyondo.
Ansei 4 Nen 8 Gatsu hi Oite Efu tsukuru kore.
(at 1857 August Edo the blade was made)
The blade was polished
Habaki :gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 75.15 cm or 29.58 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 3.09 cm or 1.21 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with suitable Sori and long Kissaki.
Jitetsu : Itame had well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midair with ash, sunagashi and active Kinsuji scatter in Ha.
Boshi is midarekomi style.
Special feature : Kiyondo was a student of the great Koyomaro.
He was born at Bunsei 10th(1827) year. After that he moved to Edo and
became a student of the Koyomarro but unfortunately he was killed by himself.
He was asked making swords from many customers.
After that Kiyondo accepted whole jobs and made swords for his master.
He sincerely tried to understand the problem of debt of his master even though just only for 2 years student.
He traveled to his hometown Shonai some time and influenced
a lot from Kunikane Masame had.
He made some Masame style hada which is very nice elegant swords.
This sword looks Koyomaro itself which is very active gunome midair with a lot of Kinsuji scatter in Ha.
Kiyondo is first great Kiyomaro student and active Hamon.
Historical background : Late Edo hurry-up world.
At Ansei 4th October 21st US Consul-Genera tawnzent Harris entered Edo castle and meet
Shogun Iesada and hand it over diplomatic papers
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.