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Jirozaemonnojo Katsumitsu Wakizashi
An important wakizashi by Bizen Kuni Osafune Jirozaemon no Jo Katsumitsu, dated Eisho Roku Nen Ni Gatsu Kichi Jutsu (a lucky day in February 1509). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu-kissaki, sakizori. Hawatare: 1 shaku 7 sun 8 bu 8.6 rin (54.2 cm. / 21.34"). Motohaba: 2.86 cm. Sakihaba: 1.88 cm. Kasane: 7.1 mm. The hamon is a very hade gunome choji midare, tobiyaki, ashi iri, yo, long kinsuji, nado. The jigane is a tight itame with ko-mokume mixed in. There is a faint utsure that is not a defined bo utsure, a characteristic of this smith. The boshi is a continuation of the hamon pattern, and is in nioi, which is less common than the nie examples. The kaeri is weak, which is another characteristic of this smith. There are bo hi, bonji and Hachiman Daibo Satsu horimono. The nakago is slightly machiokure, with an ubu kurijiri, niku, and the yasuri is katte sagari. There are three mekugiana, two filled with lead. In polish; shirasaya; with a copper habaki, the foil being lost;. Rated Saijosaku, wuth a sharpness rating of Owazamono in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, Vaalued at 8,000,000 yen in Tokuno's Toko Taikan. NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho ninteisho.
Jirozaemonnojo is the sixth generation Bizen Katsumistu. Generally, his works in suguba had tight and well controlled itame and ko-mokume, while his works in midare tended to have coarse hada. This work is an important exception, having well controlled tight even itame mixed with mokume and a flamboyant hamon. As of 1999 there were 13 juyo by Jirozaemonnojo Katsumitsu: 10 katana, 1 tachi, 1 wakizashi, and 1 tanto.
From the time of the Onin no Ran (1467 - 1477) to the Tensho (1573 - 1592) and beyond, was the Sengoku jidai (country at war), the demand for weapons was great and the high quality developed in the Oei Bizen was lost. Coarse swords called Kazu Uchi Mono, were the order of the day. Those that were scrupulously made, and fully signed were called Judaiuchi or Nanibo Judai, and were always superior. $12.500
Bizen Kuni Osafune Jirozaemon no Jo Katsumitsu / Eisho Roku Nen Ni Gatsu Kichi Jutsu