Late Edo era sword, Mumei
Beautiful Soshuden 相州伝, Light Iaito ready for Iai practice
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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Despite the blade is Mumei 無銘, it shows a beautiful, characteristic Soshuden 相州伝 feature.
This is a recommendable light Iaito with tightly fitted modern Koshirae.
It has an ordinary blade weight and a width,slightly thick. Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Nakamine.
There are Katachiri Bohi(thick groove which extends to shinogi,leaves flat space only on Mune side) on both side of the blade.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is a Itame 板目肌 with nagare (running) tendencies and became Masa 柾. Coarse Jinie(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Soshuden Gunome Choji 相州伝互の目乱れ with Ginsuji(silver line 銀筋), and blillient nie 沸 white crystals attaches abundantly on the cutting edge while Inazuma 稲妻 runs through along the temper line.
Boshi- temper line of the tip is Midarekomi(wavy) and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang 茎 is Ubu 生(original) and has Sujigai file marks. Nakago end is Kurijiri 栗尻 shape.
Single piece, gold gilded copper Habaki with a polished surface 素銅地金鍍金.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
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Tsuba: Iron base Owari style Sukashi Tsuba 尾張鍔.
Fuchi Kashira: With the engravings of Bonji 梵字 (Sanskrit characters).
Menuki: Engraved chrysanthemum.
Tsuka: Covered with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with black pure silk in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: Kuro- Sendan Kizami 黒千段刻み.
Polish: Generally in good condition.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: There are few areas of Are 荒れ on Sashiura side, otherwise no Kizu.
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|Blade length||70.5cm/ 2'3.8"/ 2shaku 3sun 2.6bu||Tsuka length||--|
|Curvature - Sori||1.5cm/ 0.6"/ 5bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||32.5mm/ 1.3"/ 1sun 7bu||Blade Bottom Thickness||7.5mm/ 0.3"/ 2.4bu|
|Blade Top Width||20.0mm/ 0.8"/ 6.6bu||Blade Top Thickness||6.5mm/ 0.26"/ 2.1bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 740g / 1.63lbs
Without Saya: 975g / 2.15lbs
|Period||Late Edo era (1764-1868)|
|Inscription / Signature||None
||Registration in Japan|| 25 Dec 1979
Miyazaki Prefecture Board of Education