Shinto katana from the Edo period (Kanbun era 1661-1673)
Certificate of authenticity : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token “Extraordinarily Worthy of Preservation”
Nagasa : 70.6 cm
Sori : 1,7 cm
Kasane : 7,2 mm
Saki-haba : 21.4 mm
Moto-haba: 31 mm
Swordsmith : Heki Mitsuhira
Activity : ca. 1644-1684
Ranking : Jo-saku “Superior made”, Ryo-wazamono “Very good sharpness”
School : Ishido
Province : Musashi
Mei : kiku-mon, Dewa (no) Kami Hokkyo Minamoto Mitsuhira
Sugata : Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, chu-kissaki
Kitae : Ko-itame, mokume, midare-utsuri
Hamon : Choji-midare, nioi deki, ko-nie, ashi, yo, tobiyaki, kinsuji
Boshi : Midarekomi
Horimono/Hi : Bo-bi
Nakago : Suriage, katte sagari
Artist and school :
Mitsuhira, whose works are dated between the Shoho and the Tenna era (1644-1684), is a swordsmith belonging to the Ishido school and whose founders were from Omi province. From this core of craftsmen, several branches emerged and flourished across many provinces.
In order to perfect their art, one of these groups found anchorage in the new capital of Edo where the new power of the Tokugawa settled, forming the Ishido branch of Edo in Musashi province. Among those who participated in this initiative are some of the great names of that time, such as : Korekazu, Munehiro, Tsunemitsu and his brother Mitsuhira.
One of the main characteristics of this school was to reproduce the koto swords of the ancestral Bizen Ichimonji tradition. However, in this area, Mitsuhira is known as one of the most skillful smiths of his school and considered as a reference, with his flamboyant choji-midare tempering throughout the shinto and shinshinto periods.