Tachi in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Ichihara Nagamitsu
Sayagaki: (anonymous) Bizen koku ju Ishihara Nagamitsu saku kore
Blade length is 63.8cm
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 63.8 cm or 25.11 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.28 cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.38 cm or 0.93 inches.
Kasane : 0.69 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Showa period, during war time.
Shape : Nice shape Katana with Sori.
Jigane : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Ko-Nie Deki and Nioi Deki, Choji Midare and Ko-Gunome Midare.
There are many Ashi. Boshi is Midarekomi style.
At a glance, it looks like Yokoyama Sukekane.
Special feature:: Nagamitsu was a Director for Inspection at Okayama Prison.
He was said to be making katana withr the prisoner however, the details are unknown.
probably he was called by Emura who was working at the Okayama prison as a director.
He was an authorized army sword smith and had won prizes at Army Gunto Skill Encouragement Awards.
Nagamitsu has made nice pieces. The well polished swords are much interesting than Yasukuni swords.
Emura and Nagamitsu were making swords a lot in the Okayama prison.
probably director of Okayama prison Emura called Nagamitsu who was making sword at
Okayama prefecture and asked making swords for managing Prisoners.
Emura and Nagamitsu made a lot of swords at that time.
Generally Emura made higher quality blades than Nagamitsu.
I think Emura swords were more higher quality and also polished inside of the prison.
Koshirae : Handachi Koshirae.
Tsuba : iron Tsuba, grain pattern is engraved.
Signature: Umetada Nobuyoshi.
Fuchikashira: Copper, Kiri Mon with black Urushi lacquer.
Saya : Kawari Nuri Saya.(Unfortunately there are some damage part.)
Menuki : Shakudo and copper Nanako plate.
Kojiri: Kurikata: copper.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.