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Signature: Ichi Dewa Kami Yukihiro Motte Oranda tetsu Kitae saku.
(the blade was made by Holland iron)
Shinto:Jyosaku ranking:Hizen province.
The blade was polished.
Habaki:gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 53,9 cm or 21,22 inches.
Sori : 1,35 cm or 0,53 inches.
Width at the hamachi :3,12 cm or 1,23 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2,15 cm or 0,85inches.
Kasane : 0,7 cm or 0,28 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with suitable sori and longer kissaki nice looking sarape.
Jitetsu :Koitame had well grained with jinie attach like konuka had which is typical Hizen sword.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome misdare with thick nioikuchi like summer clouds in the sky.（bank of clouds）
Special feature : Dewa Kami Yukihiro is second son of the Hashimoto Yoshinobu
and called Kurobei and also younger brother of Kawachi Daijyo Masahiro.
He got the title dew daijyo at Syoho 5th and at kanbun 3rd, he got the title of Dewa Kami.
He sometimes cut the signature Holland Kitae saki which means that he used holland iron for making sword.
The reason why he cut the signature ichi means he learned Ichimonji style from other wordsmith.
At Tenna 3rd May, he passed away age 66.
He left many swords during his lie.
Generally speaking Hizen sword makers didn’t contact other sword makers because Nabeshima family(Daimyo) prohibited to come out with making swords.
Nabeshima family exported swords, and ceramics to other countries and also oversea.
The family got money from these items. Hizen swords are extremely welcomed
by the beauty of the Jigane and mating hamon.
Hizen jigane(texture) is big different from other swords.
for instance at Neighbor country Bungo province many sword makers made uncountable swords
but quite different Jigane compare with Hizen blade even though the hamon is quite same.
Probably Hizen blade might used mixed up Japanese Tamahagane and holland iron together.
It is impossible to use Holland iron at that period due to the prohibited good except Nabeshima family.
If you research about this matter, it will be interesting subject.
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Koshirae.kindai The kosirae was painted by gold nashiji style
with painted by butterfly, dragonfly and family crests.
stub :On the copper plate, some leaves design is engraved.
fuchikashira:On the syakudo plate, some leaves are engraved.
menuki :n the syakudo plate, some leaves are engraved.
Kozuka:on the copper plate, a man is walking under the rainfall with broke umbrella.
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Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.