A shinshinto katana with a cutting test inscription
By Masaaki Jokeishi, dated 1868
Sugata (configuration): hon-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-gissaki, torii-zori
Kitae (forging pattern): running itame in ji-nie with hints of masame and faint patches of utsuri
Hamon (tempering pattern): notare with ashi, yo, sunagashi and tobi-yaki
Boshi (tip): haki-kake
Nakago (tang): ubu, kuri-jiri with two holes and o-sujikai file marks with cutting test inscription and katana-mei Jokeishi Masaaki kitau kore (wo) tameshi shika (no) tsuno oyobi kosatsu yobo and dated on the ura side Kieo yon tsuchinoe tatsu doshi haru (Spring of 1868)
Habaki (collar): one-piece, gilt-copper
Nagasa (length from tip to beginning of tang): 28 1/4in (71.6cm)
Motohaba (width at start of tempered edge): 1 3/8in (3.5cm)
Sakihaba (width before tip): 1in (2.5cm)
In shirasaya (wood storage scabbard) with sayagaki and signed and dated by Tanobe Michihiro
With Hozon Token (Sword worthy of preserving) certificate no. 151984 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (The Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 2007.2.5.
- Please note this sword is accompanied by a Tokubetsu Hozon certificate, and not a Hozon certificate as stated in the catalogue.