Wakizashi in Shirasaya and Koshirae
Signature : Bisyu Osafune Munemitsu.
Meio 8 Nen 2 Gatasuhi.(February 1499)
Suekoto:Jyo0Jyo saku ranking:Ryo Wazamono:Bizen province.
Sayagaki: Mr Tanobe sensei:Bizen Koku Osafune Munemitsu 6 mei with
Uramei Meio 8 Nen ki Aru no. Konoki no
Do-Ko oyobi Do-Ha Ko-gi Nari. Hacyo 1 Syaku 7sun 4bu Aru no Tanzan Michiori.
Explanation:Bizen Kuni Osafune Munemitsu 6 character Kanji with Uramei Meio 8 year.
The blade is typical Munemitsu at that period Munemitsu himself and also nice engraving was done.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Bisyu Osafune Munemitsu belongs to Jyo-Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher Sashikomi style.
Blade length : 52.93 cm or 20.83 inches.
Sori : 1.45 cm or 0.57 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.78cm or 1.09 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.13cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.60 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era :Muromachi period Meio 8. period.
Shape : The blade is called Katateuchi style nice looking shape.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture with Utsuri on the Ji.
Hamon : Nioideki ko cyouji midare with small ashi and also sunagashi, kinsuji work in Ha.
Boshi is midarekomi style.
Special feature : Bisyu Osafune Munemitsu was a second son of the Rokuro zaemon Sukemitsu and moved around japan with his his older brother Katsumitsu.
Even though the signature is Bisyu mei but at that period all the swords were made by
high rclass Tamahagane(Japanese iron) so the blade is very nice Jigane and Hamon.
Akso beautiful wonderful engraving on the Ji.
I think the blade was used by religious ceremony or high ranking Samurai.
Historical background: Meio 8.(1500)June 7th Ounin Ran was finished and
yamaboko tour of Gion Festival started again after 33 years rest.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.