An Enju School Katana
Nanbokucho period (14th century) attributed to Enju
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune with extended kissaki and toriizori curvature
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame, mokume
Hamon [tempering pattern]: chu-suguha with gunome of ko-nie and sunagashi
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Horimono [carving]: bohi on both sides
Nakago [tang]: shortened with one hole, kiri file marks
Habaki [collar]: silver
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 77.3cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.3cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.4cm.
Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising an aogai saya fitted with matching Owari school kojiri and fuchi-kashira in shakudo and gold, carved with chrsanthemums; a pair of menuki in shakudo and gold, formed as three crabs; an iron Heianjo tsuba pierced with family crests around the outside and inlaid with flower heads in brass; 104.5cm. long
With a Hozon Token (Sword Worthy of Preserving) certificate no. 361783, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 2002.6.7
With a Hozon Tosogu (Sword Fittings Worthy of Preserving) certificate no. 442484, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 2002.6.22 (for the fuchi-kashira) (2)