New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINSHINTO CHIKUZEN ISHIDO WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1850), SIGNED CHIKUZEN (NO) KAMI (NO) JU KOREKANE
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 6 sun, 8 bu (50.9cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.1cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.0cm.; carving (horimono): inside (ura): futatsu-hi; outside (omote): maru-dome koshi-hi and bonji.
Forging pattern (jihada): fine pear skin (nashiji).
Tempering pattern (hamon): suguba in ko-nie with some very small undulations (ko-gonome) and with a rare display of kuichigai (lines of fractured nie and nioi criss-crossing), together with some 'brushing' (hotsure) along the habuchi.
Point (boshi): small rounded (ko-maru).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): regular, ubu and with a thin, dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): kesho-yasuri; end (nakagojiri): ha-agari kuri-jiri; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katanamei): Chikuzen (no) Kuni (no) ju Korekane; inside (ura): Shoji Tsuji Masanori (property of Tsuji Masanori).
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 372051, Showa 54 (1979); and a koshu tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 19103, Showa 54 (1979), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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