New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
AN ECHIZEN TAKAI WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1675), SIGNED (KIKU-MON) ECHIZEN (NO) KAMI MINAMOTO NOBUYOSHI
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 4 sun, 8 bu (45.1cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 0.7cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.0cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): compacted and beautifully grained wood (itame) with straight grain (masame) in the shinogi-ji.
Tempering pattern (hamon): irregular invections with clove and irregular patterns (gonome choji midare) in bright nie.
Point (boshi): medium rounded (chu-maru).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): straight, tapering, unshortened and with a moist, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): slanted (sujikai); end (nakagojiri): kengyo; holes (mekugi-ana): two; signature (katanamei): (Kiku-mon) Echizen (no) Kami Minamoto Nobuyoshi.
Shirasaya with attestation by Homma Junji.
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 5600633, Showa 56 (1981); and a koshu tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 20478, Showa 56 (1981), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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See Fujishiro, vol. 2, p. 206.
Nobuyoshi was the 3rd son of Shinano (no) Kami Nobuyoshi of Kyoto.
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