Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae (gurantee: NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Buzen Toyotsu Ju Masahiro
Meiji 4 nen 2 Gatsuhi (February, 1872)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold colored single Suaka Habaki (wood habaki included for Shirasaya)
Blade length : 24,1 cm ( 9.5 inches.)
Sori :0,0 cm ( inches.)
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2,22 cm or 0,87 inches.
Kasane : 0,68 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Meiji 4th (1872)
Shape : Small size blade very healthy.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach Muji style fine texture.
Hamon : Koniedeki Gunome Midare like Yoshii school.
Special feature : Masahiro named himeself ‘Yoshihiro’ at Buzen province but at 1876, wearing swords got prohibited by new decree done by new Meiji government.
So many swordsmiths had to closed their business including Masahiro this time.
Saya : Stripes with Aogai-Chirashi lacquered on black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Chrysanthemum flowers are carved on Mokko shape iron Tsuba with gold color.
Fuchi-Kashira: ‘Yotsu-Karabana’ and ‘Manji’ family crests are carved with Gold color.
Menuki : Bow and arrow are engraved with gold color.
Kojiri : Butterfly carved on Shakudo plate.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.