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Wakizashi: Mumei atttributed as Norishige


Wakizshi in Shirasaya (60th Juyo-Token)
Signature : Mumei (unsigned) atttributed as Norishige.

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo saku (the top) ranking.

The blade is polished by highest polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled Shakudo plate double Habaki.
Blade length : 47.1 cm or 18.5 inches.
Sori :0.7 cm or 0.28 inches.
Mekugi :  
Width at the hamachi : 2.61cm or 1.03 inches.
Kasane : 0.54 cm or 0.21 inches.
Era : Kamakura period Genko era. (around AD1321~1323)
Shape : The blade is Nagamaki-naoshi style.
Jigane : Koitame-hada and Komokume-hada mixed up with thick Jinie and Chikei work. Wonderful texture appears on surface of the blade.
Hamon : Konoedeki Gunome-midare and double Hamon, there are a lot of Sunagashi, Kinsuji and Yo activities work.
Hamon looks like early mornig mist in the forest.
Special feature : Norishige was a student of the Shitogo like Masamune and Yukimitsu.
These sword makers were Sosh-den style.
Norishige is making more active Hamon then other swords smiths.
He made 2 types of the Jigane, both gentle blades and active Ooitame-hada blades.
Gentle Jigane swords has good reputation and good quality.
This blade is one of the best quality Jigane and active, very amazing Hamon.

NBTHK 60th Juyo paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : JPY 3,800,000-.

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