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Yoshioka Ichimonji - Juyo #49
Yoshioka Ichimonji katana o-suriage, mumei. Hawatare: 2 shaku 3 sun 3 bu 9.8 rin (70.9 cm / 27.91 inches). The hamon is nioi deki choji gunome togare midare, hataraki, kinsuji, inazuma, nado. The habuchi is tighter on Yoshioka than those of Fukaoka Ichimonji. The jigane is itame nagare with areas of mokume and masame with chikei and a very strong choji midare utsure. There are gifu.
There is sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro stating that this blade is chinchinchocho. Chincho is an especially precious treasure, and the doubling is for emphasis. When I asked him what it means, he said, "If there is a fire, this is what you save".
The Yoshioka Ichimonji ran from around Sho-o (1288 - 1293) to around Shohei (1346 - 1370). They were descendants of the Fukaoka Ichimonji, and were named for their location. It is believed that the founder of the school, Yoshioka Sukeyoshi, was the grandson of Fukaoka Ichimonji Sukemune. This example is from later Kamakura.
Gunome Choji Midare Hamon With Togare.
Kinsuji and Hataraki
Mokume Nagare Hada
Kinsuji & Mokume Nagare Jigane
Juyo Token Nado Zufu #49 Sayagaki which in part reads o-suriage mumei, end of Kamakura,
chinchinchocho (chincho means an especially precious treasure - doubling is for emphasis)
Sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro