Etch no Kuni Saeki Norishige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

New Shirasaya

SAYAGAKI TRANSLATION:

第十八回特別重要刀剣指定品
Dai jhachi-kai tokubetsu-jy-tken shitei hin
Designated as tokubetsu-jy-tken at the 18th jy-shinsa


越中国佐伯則重
Etch no Kuni Saeki Norishige


二字有銘地・刃・造込・銘字共ニ典型ニ候而同工ノ代表的優品也
故ウオルターコンプトン博士舊蔵ノ壹口司然珍重焉
niji-mei ari, ji, ha, tsukurikomi, meiji tomo no tenkei ni sr, shikamo dk no daihyteki yhin nari
ko Walter Compton-hakase kyz no hitokuchi shikarubeki chinch
This blade has a niji-mei. It is a tpical work in terms of ji, ha, form and signature and can be considered as a representativ masterwork of this smith. It was once in the collection of the late Dr. Walter Compton and is accordingly highly valued.

刃長七寸八分余有之
hach 7 sun 8 bu-yo ari kore
blade length about 7 sun and 8 bu

峕甲申歳文月穀旦探山鑒并誌
shi kinoe-sarudoshi fumizuki kokutan Tanzan kangamite narabi ni shirushige + ka
examined and written by Tanzan (= Tanobe Michihuiro) on a lucky day of the seventh month in year of the monky of this era (= 2004)

 

 

 

  

Old Shirasaya

SAYAGAKI TRANSLATION:

廿三回
Nijsan-kei

重要刀剣指

Jy-Tken-shi

則重
Norishige

コントン博士秘蔵?一
Compton-hakase hiz
Treasured item of Dr. Compton

昭和乙卯?水
Shwa kinoto-u ?
? year of the hare of the Shwa period (= 1975)
寒山誌
Kanzan shirusu + ka
written by Kanzan


越中国則重
Etch no Kuni Norishige

長サ七寸八分半
nagasa 7 sun 8 bu-han
Blade length 8 sun and 8 bu and a half

光山押形乾の六十一枚目所載
Kzan-oshigata kan no 61 maime shosai,

Depicted on sheet 61 of the Ken (乾) volume of the "Kzan-oshigata"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBTHK Tokubetsu Juyo Papers

Translation:

Tokubetsu-Jy number 820

Certificate (指定書)

Tant, mei: Norishige (則重)

Measurements: nagasa 23.8 cm, a little uchizori, motohaba 2.05 cm

Shape: hira-zukuri, iori-mune, standard mihaba and kasane, scarce fukura, a little uchizori towards the kissaki

Kitae: standing-out itame mixed with -hada, mokume and jifu, there is plentiful of ji-nie and thick chikei

Hamon: ko-notare mixed with gunome and ko-midare, the nioiguchi is wide and there is an abundance of nie along the ha, additionally we find frequent sunagashi, kinsuji and prominent yubashiri

Bshi: midare-komi with pointed kaeri and nie-kuzure

Nakago: ubu with katte-sagari yasurime and two mekugi-ana

 

According to the result of the shinsa committee, this blade is designated as 

Tokubetsu-Jy-Tken.


 

[Juridical Foundation] NBTHK

President: Suzuki Kaj (鈴木嘉定)


 

 

 

 

 

Oshigata and Juyo-Zufu Entry

Translation:
Designated as Jy-tken at the 23rd Jy session on July 1st 1975 America, Walter A. Comton

Tanto mei:  Norishige (則重)


Measurements: nagasa 28.3 cm, a little uchizori, motohaba 2.0 cm, nakago-nagasa 8.8 cm, nakago-sori 0.2 cm

Shape: hira-zukuri, iori-mune, thin kasane, scarce fukura, a little uchizori

Kitae: standing-out itame mixed with -itame, plentiful of ji-nie and chikei

Hamon: ko-notare mixed with gunome and ko-midare, the nioiguchi is wide and there is an abundance of nie along the ha, additionally we find frequent sunagashi and kinsuji

Bshi: midare-komi with nie-kuzure

Nakago: ubu with a kurijiri, katte-sagari yasurime, two mekugi-ana, the sashi-omote side bears centrally below of the mekugi-ana a large dimensioned niji-mei
Explanation: This is a signed tant of Etch Norishige with an ubu-nakago. It is said that Norishige was a student of Shintgo Kunimitsu (新藤五国光). Together with his fellow students Yukimitsu (行光) and Masamune (正宗) he was one of the smiths who really emphasized the characteristics of the Ssh tradition. So his workmanship generally resembles the latter two but the itame stands more out and appears with the vehement chikei as his peculiar so-called matsukawa-hada. There are relative many signed tant extant by Norishige but only two tachi. This piece shows an uchizori and scarce fukura and tends somewhat to a takenoko-sori, so it has the typical tant-sugata of Norishige. That means in terms of shape, the deki of the jiba, and the signature, this tant has completely all characteristic features of Norishige.