Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Yamato Daijyo Fujiwara Masanori (The first generation)
Shinto: Jyo saku ranking: Ryo wazamono cutting test ranking: Echizen.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword Yamato Daijyo Fujiwara Masanori belongs to Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Silver double Habaki.
Blade length : 48.0 cm or 18.9 inches.
Sori :1cm or 0.4 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.95 cm or 1.16 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.4 cm or 0.95 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24inches.
Era : Edo period Kanei era (1624-1645)
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick with Sori and also long Kissaki style.
Jigane : Itame Hada well grained with Jinie, Hadatachi Jigane.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare, Kogunome Midare and also Togari-ha mixed up. Boshi turns back Midarekomi.
Special Feature :It’s said that Yamato Daijyo Masanori the First was descended from Sanjo Yoshinori. Yoshinori was the representative swords smith of Yamashiro province in the middle Muromachi period. Masanori was born at Miyazu in Tango province and learned from his father, Norimitsu. Masanori lived in Kyoto for a period of time and moved to Echizen province, present Fukui prefecture. He worked as a retained sword smith of the Matsudaira family, a near relation of the Tokugawa’s.
Masanori’s swords are ranked at Ryowaza-mono among the Shin-to.
This swordhas a nice long gorgeous style Kissaki and also nice active wild feeling Hamon.
There are shallow scratchs (Hike kizu) on the surface of the blade.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Shoki a vanquisher of ghosts is engraved.
Menuki : Shakudo, Horses with golden eyes are engraved.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo plate, Ishimeji style.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.