Wakizashi in Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Gisuke
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Single silver Habaki.
Blade length : 33.4 cm or 13.1 inches.
Sori : 0.5 cm or 0.20 inches.
Width at the Hamachi : 2.71 cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.67 cm or 1.07 inches.
Era : Muromachi period Koji era (AD1555~1558)
Shape : Sunnobi-Tanto with double Hi on one side, Hi and Soe-Hi on other side curve toward to the edge.
Jigane : Itame-hada well grained with Jinie attach. Hadame can be seen very well.
Hamon : Nie-deki deep Nioikuchi Suguha Boshi turns round shape Togarigokoro style.
Special feature : Shimada school are the branch of Soshu swords smiths. The forged many swords, especially Tanto at Suruga area.
This Wakizashi seems to be made by Gisuke the second generation.
The blade will become more brilliance by additional polish.
Saya : Odd color lacquered Saya.
Tsuba : Octagon shape iron Tsuba with flower engraved open work.
Menuki : Dragon engraved on silver plate.
Hystorical backgraound : Battles of Kawanakajima. Takeda Shingen of Kai Province and Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province fought at the plain of Kawanakajima.
NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.