KATANA

BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU

NBTHK

JOSAKU

WAZAMONO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI:  BISHU OSAFUNE NORIMITSU

DATE: NONE

NAGASA:  69.69cm (27.438")

OVERALL:  86.04cm 33.875(")

MIHABA:  2.7cm (1.063")

KASANE:  0.48cm (0.1875")

SORI:  2.54cm (1")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-ITAME / MASAME

HAMON: CHOJI MIDARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOME

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  2 PC. GOLD FOIL

SHIRASAYA

Pleased to offer an elegant Bizen Katana for your consideration.  The sword is signed, "Bishu Osafune Norimitsu".  The Norimitsu Den of Bishu Koku Ju Osafune Shiro Zaemon Norimitsu began in or near Oan (1368-1374) and continued through the Muromachi period, spanning eight generations.  Lacking a date it is difficult to pinpoint an exact generation, and the NBTHK seemed unable to be more specidfic as well.  However, many times when a later generation is not specified that indicates a work of the first generation.  In this case, judging from the work, I would not think the shodai  but very possibly the work of Kansho Norimitsu.  Kansho Norimitsu was the sixth generation and worked c. 1460.  He was a 90 pt smith, the highest rated of the Bizen norimitsi line after the shodai.

This particular sword has a beautiful sugata.  The pronounced sori and thin tachi shape of old, gives it a very elegant, distinguished look. The Jitetsu is a Ko-Itame / Ko-Masame mix.  There are lots of fine ji-nie and there is Utsuri.  The Hamon is Choji Midare in Ko-nie Deki, and is very active.  The Boshi is Midare Kome.

* NOTE: In the photo above showing the mei, I noticed a typo, it should read Bishu, not Bizen.

 

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PURCHASE / INQUIRIES

There are a few very light scuffs and scratches and a few tiny areas of loose grain or kitte ware, but nothing unexpected or of concern for a 500 year old sword. Guaranteed absolutely nothing detrimental or fatal.  Obviously nothing which prevented this sword from receiving authentication papers from the NBTHK

 

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