Wakizashi: Satsu Yo Shi Oku Motohira/Tenmei Gan Kanoto Ushi 8gatsu (August 1781)
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Satsu Yo Shi Oku Motohira
Tenmei Gan Kanoto Ushi 8gatsu (August 1781)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 53.0 cm or 20.86 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.16 cm or 1.24 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.29 cm or 0.90 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Edo period (August 1781)
Shape : The sword is wide and thick nice looking shape.
Jitetsu :Koitame had and mokume had amide with jinie attach
and blackish jigane also chikei work.
Hamon: From the Hamachi, suguha based and then Gunome midair
with thick noioikuchi and sunagashi work.
Special feature : Motohira was a student of the swordsmith of
Motohusa and called Oku Takazaemon.His subjects are respected
highly and the top sword smith in Satuma school
during Edo period. He was lived until 84 years of age and left a lot of
swords as posthumous works.
He made active sosyu style like shizu school.
At Kagoshima prefecture, Motohira and Masayuki are both well known sword makers.
Especially Motohita is the top ranking wordsmith in Kagoshima.
This Motohira is rather mild and active elegant sword with soft thick nioikuchi hamon.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.