Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK 49th Juyo Token)
(shu-mei: painted the signature by red color)
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki:Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 31.7 cm or 12.48 inches.
Sori : 0.35 cm or 0.13 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 2.82 cm or 1.11 inches.
Kasane : 0.45 cm or 0.17 inches.
Era :middle Nanbokucho period.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and Mitsumune style and slightly small sori.
On the front, goma hashi was engraved and on the back, Dokko Ken was engraved.
Jitetsu :Itame hada and mokume hada mixed with jinie attach and also chikei work.
Hamon : Koniedeki middle suguha and in Ha, there are some ash and yo work.
Boshi is round shaped and turns back.
Special feature : Masaie belonged to Bingo Mihara school which was working from late Kamakura period to Nanbokucho period called Komihara school.
In Mihara school, Masaie and Masahiro were well known sword makers.
At that time, there were many shrines and temples and influenced from these sword makers Yamato style and also Aoe style.
I think the blade was influenced from Aoe school much better than Yamato school. acceding to the Juyo zuhu, (juyo book), This blade is rather tight middle suguha hamon with konie and komaru boshi which is typical Komihara special feature. Honami Koyu’s shumei (red color) is precious and tasteful jigane and Hamon also Horimono is well balanced.
The sword is one of the best item in his sword.
Koshirae : Issaku Koshirae. The condition is very good.
Tsuba : On the silver plate, clouds are engraved.
Fuchikashira :Kojiri:Kurikatas:On the silver plate, clouds are engraved.
Saya : On the black ishimeji saya, inuro kizami are engraved.
Menuki : A shish dog is engraved by shakudo plate.
Kozuka : On the shakudo plate, Japanese Matsu (pine) trees and sea waves are engraved.
Kogatana : Sagami Kami Fujiwara Masatsune.
NBTHK 49th Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.