Wakizashi in Shirasaya
Signature : Sado Kuni Shin Po Motohira Tsukuru
Heisei Kinoe Saru Year Ichi You Rai Fuku(2013)
(Ichi You Rai Fuku means the winter ends and spring come.
It also means that things turns out better after bad things happen continually.)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 37 cm or 14.57 inches.
Sori : 0.5 cm or 0.19 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.45 cm or 1.36 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 0.5 cm or 0.2 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.26 inches.
Weight of only blade:385g
Era : Modern
Blade Weight: 385g
Shape : It is 3.45cm width. It is rather thick and the mine is mitsumine.
On the surface Bonji is engraved and the back side is two line hi is engraved.
Jitetsu : Itame had well grained with jinie attached.
There are delicate chikei seen. It is the highest quality jigane.
Hamon : NIe base gunome midair, with ha and yo well seen in the ga.
It is deep nioikuchi piece. The boushi is sharp ended.
Special feature : Sado kuni Shinpo Motohira was born in Showa 16th（1941） at Sado Ryotsu in Niigata prefecture.
He has been called Shinpo Motoharu. At Showa 37th year（1962） he has become a student of Miyairi Kouhei to learn the
skills of making katana.
At Showa 38th year, he was won the prize of Mainichi Shinbun(Newspaper Company) Prize once,
Award of Excellence ninth, and also won Award of Effort and Award of Encouragement.
He is now 72 years old and is still developing his work.
This piece most likely been imitating Nagayoshi piece.
The clear jigane and graceful hamon is absolutely wonderful.
We are very honored to introduce this excellent Shinpo Motohira piece. It is impeccable piece with no kizu or flaw.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.