Wakizashi : Mumei (Den Kiyomaro)
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Mumei (Den Kiyomaro)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword mumei Kiyomaro belongs to Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :silver single habaki.
Blade length : 50.4 cm or 19.84 inches.
Sori :1.2cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.14 cm or 0.84 inches.
Kasane : 0.64cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : late Edo period.
Shape : Shobu zukuri shape nice style.
Jigane :Itame hada well grained with jinie atatch with strong chikei work.
Hamon :Niedeki gunome midare up and down and in Ha, there are many sunagashi and kinsuji work.
Special feature:Minamoto Kiyomaro was born at Bunka 10th(1813) Sinano province
as second son of Yamaura Masatomo who was a village head Komoro Feudal clan.
He went and study By Kawamura Jyukaku(Toshitaka) with his older brother Saneo.
He studied from his master Nioideki style gunome midare.
So first stage of his subject is quite same as his master Toshikaku.
After that he wanted to be samurai and moved to Edo and study at Sugane Kubota
by recommendation of Yukinuki Sanada.
Sugane Kubota is well known Military science person and skill swordman.
Kubota understood his technique of sword making and built a sword making place
in his house and continued his energy of making sword.
Probably he tried hard himself to complete his technology of Sosyu den style sword.
At Tenpo 13th(1842) By Sugane's effort, He achieved many sword order
for Kiyoymaro which is called Bukiko one of 100 swords.
Finay he succeeded to make one of them.
After that he was ordered to go to Cyosyu feudal clan
by Sugane Kubota in order to make cut well swords.
He stayed for 2 years and moved to Edo and made fantastic sword
for his master Kubota which sword is Tame Kubota Sugane Kun Yamaura
Tamaki Minamoto Kiyomaro and Uramei Ko-ka Hinoe Uma 8 gatsuhi(august)
2syaku 6 sun long length of sword. (at this moment the blade is Jyuyo Bijyutu.)Important fine arts.
His sword is called Yotsuya Masamune because his skill looks Masamune and lived Yotsuya.
But unfortunately He cut his body by himself(Seppuku) Even right now the reason is unknown.
Probably He couldn't improve his sosyu den technological pioneering
and also difficult to make swords any more against too much orders.
He educated many swordsmith Minamoto Masao, Kurihara Nobuhide and Kiyondo.
Especially kiyondo made swords for Kiyomaro which was ordered during his life.
So remaining orders were completed and ungrateful was lost.
This sword is the signature is koyomaro and Jigane is perfect.
The Hamon is bright and very clear with fantastic kinsuji and also amaging Kissaki hamon.
many sword makers tried to make Kiyomaro style swords.
It is quite rare to see the Kiyomaro recently because many sword collectors
want to obtain Kiyomaro and also he made a few swords made during his life.
His grave is located Sohuku temple in Shinjyuku Suga cho.
Many sword collectors visit to his grave one time in a year by chairman Mr.Shibata.
This sword is suriage mumei shape Syobu zukuri style.
At meiji period, Kiyomaro is not famous sword maker at that period compare with high ranking Koto blade.
So someone someone removed the signature Kiyomaro and imitated as Shizu or Masamune.
At that time Shizu was very expensive valuable sword.
From modern times, it is ridiculous action. Anyway the blade is real Mumei Kiyomaro .
Saya :black ishime ji saya.
Tsuba :On the round shape iron tsuba, waves and flying birds are engraved.
Menuki : A dragon fly is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira:On the syakudo migakiji, landscape is engraved with gold color.
Kozuka:On the syakudo plate, Hannya and samurai are battling together with gold color.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.