Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae
Signature: Mumei (unsigned) Sue-Hosho (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
The blade was polished .
Blade length : 69.6 cm or 27.40 inches.
Sori : 1.7 cm or 0.66 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 2.79 cm or 1.09 inches.
Wide at the Kissaki : 1.82 cm or 0.71 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period.
Shape : This Katana has wide Shinogi and rather long kissaki and Sori.
Jitetsu : Itame hada and Masame hada are mixed with Jinie attach. And Utsuri appear.
Hamon : Niedeki Suguha with deep Nioikuchi. In Ha, there are Ashi.
Special features : Special feature : Hosho is the name of a group of
swordmiths school in the Koto age.
They worked in Yamato province.
And the founder was Kunimitsu who lived circa Koan (1278) of the late Kamakura period.
Hosho Goro Sadamune, Saemon no jyo Sadayoshi and Fujiwara Sadakiyo
were his sons who were also worked as the principal smiths of this school.
They were good at masame-hada kitae.
Quite a few Tantos survive but their Tachi is extremely rare.
Regularly patterned masame-hada includes Nie appears on the
whole part of the blade.
Before, this blade was appraised as Hosho by NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Paper.
But now, this blade is appraised as Sue-Hosho by NBTHK Hozon Paper.
Tsuba :Mokko shaped Shakudo Tsuba. The rim is colored with gold color Iroe.
Fuchikashira : On the Shakudo nanako plate, Kiku flowers are engraved with gold color Iroe.
Saya : Black colored Kizami Saya.
Menuki : On the solid gold , birds are engraved.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.