Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Bakufu shin Kawai Kyuko(Hisayuki) 75 Sai Saku.
Bunsei 7 Nen 2 Gatsu Iida Chikanori Hai Kore
Explanation : Kawai Hisayuki the retainer of Edo Shogunate forged this sword when 75 years old.
1824 February, Ida Chikanori equipped this (blade).
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo saku ranking.
The blade is polished by good polisher.
Habaki : Silver single habaki.
Blade length : 69,2 cm or 27.2 inches.
Sori : 2,3 cm or 0.91 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi :3,04 cm or 1.2 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2,04 cm or 0.8 inches.
Kasane :0,75 cm or 0.3 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with deep curve and long Kissaki nice looking shape. On both sides of the blade, Bo-Hi engraved.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach and also small Chikei work. The surface of Jigane is amazingly fine(please take a look at photo of Jigane.)
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome with Ashi and Sunagashi a lot. Boshi is Midarekomi style.
Special feature : Kawai Hisayuki is a lineage of Kawai Saurai family.
He got interested in making swords and he studied under Hosokawa Masayosi and also Ikkansai Yoshihiro. His concept fro forging swords was to make Wazamono cut well swords.
So generally his swords are not so fancy, simplicity for Hamon but the blades were tough and well cut. He also made many Yari and Naginata.
This sword was ordered by Iida Chikanori who was also samurai and named the signature on the tang. I think this sword is one of the best work of Kawai Hirayuki.
Iida Chikanori think to be one of the publisher of a book ‘Syoke Sei Uji Ganso Den’ (documents for clans ancestor).
He must be a good researcher and also a good samurai.
We strongly recommend this nice Jigane and Hamon.
NBTHK Hozon Token.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.