Tanto in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu
Eisho 3 nen 8 gatsu Hi (August 1506)
Sue Koto: Saijo Saku: Bizen province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: gold foiled sibgle Habaki with the foundation.
Blade length : 16.9 cm or 6.65 inches.
Sori : 0.0 cm or 0.0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.3 cm or 0.90 inches.
Kasane : 0.73 cm or 0.28 inches.
Era : Muromachi period, around Eisho era.(1506)
Shape : Moroha Tsukuri Tanto.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada and Mokume Hada mixed wwith Jinie attach.
It is clear jigane.
Hamon : Ko-Nie Deki, Choji Midare. In Ha, there are Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Special feature : Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu was a famous swordsmith group in Bizen province as well as Sukesada.
They continued 7 generations frrom around Bunmei era (around 1469).
This Jigane and Hamon are so nice. Especially the Jigane is excellent with fine Chikei.
This blade is one of masterpiece sword. It is a unique and favorite blade of Mr. Kiyota.
Mr. Kiyota Sensei is a Iai do master. His grade in Iaido is tenth Dan.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimatin paper : whole Oshigata.