Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Oite Kashu Ecchu Nyudo Kiju
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo saku ranking.
Shinto : Chujo saku ranking : Wazamono cutting test ranking : Yamato province.
The blade is polished by one of the best polisher.
Habaki :Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length :54.24 cm or 21.4 inches.
Sori :1.2 cm or 0.47 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.98 or 1.06 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.26 cm or 0.89 inches.
Kasane : 0.71cm or 0.28 inches.
Era : Edo period Ho-ei era (AD1704~1710)
Shape : The blade is long and wide, also thick healthy blade and long Kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Itame-hada well grained with Jinie attach and Chikei work beautiful texture.
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome Midare with Aranie Doranba style.
In hamon, there are many Sunagashi and Kinsuji scatter. Boshi is wide round shape Hakikake style.
Special feature : Tsutsui Norimitsu is a son of the Ecchu-Kami Kane kuni and started to use his signature around Genroku era.
Generally Tsutui Norimitsu’s Doranba has a space between Hamon and Hamon. Having very vivid wild feeling when we compare with the other swordsmiths Doranba.
Inside the hamon, we can see many Sunagashi and Kinsuji working.
Thereis a small Kizu nearby Hamachi area but not so serious.
The sword is polished by highest ranking polisher.
Please enjoy this wonderful Jigane and Hamon.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.