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Wakizashi: Bishu Osafune Morimitsu


Wakizashi in Shirasaya. (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper) (consignment sale)
Signature : Bishu Osafune Morimitsu
Ouei 28 Nen 2 Gatsuhi
Mid Koto : Jyo saku ranking : Oowazamono cuttig test ranking : Bizen province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Bisyu Osafune Morimitsu sword belongs to jyo-Jyo saku ranking.

The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length : 43.4 cm or 17.1 inches.
Sori : 0.5 cm or 0.20 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.58 cm or 1.01 inches.
Kasane : 0.42 cm or 0.17 inches.
Era : Early Muromachi period. (AD1422)
Shape : The blade is regular size width and thin Kasane(thickness) having long Hirazukuri shape Wakizashi.
Jigane : Mokume hada well grained with Jinie attach beautiful texture.
Hamon : Nioideki Choji-midare Hamon with Sunagashi and strong Kinsuji work. Boshi is sharp turns back Togari style.
Special feature : Bishu Osafune Morimitsu was a son of Moromitsu. He was named Shurinosuke. He was the head of the Oue Bizen with other active swords smith such as Yasumitsu and Moromitsu. Morimitsu was especially famous. He has been active from early Muromachi period which is why it is called Ouei (early Muromachi Period) Bizen.
This piece has fantastic well grained Jigane with fine jinie attached. The Chikei work is wavy in Ha and Utsuri work is appearing as well.
Hamon has mixture sharpness. It is Choji-midare with sharp end Boshi that resembles the wick of the candle. We recommend you this excellent work by Morimitsu.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 940,000-.