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Wakizashi, Shirasaya
Miyoshi Nagamichi
[ Signature ] omote : "陸奥大掾三善長道" (Mutsu daijyô Miyoshi Nagamichi) signature ura : "地鉄研真鍛"
[ Size ] Blade length 51,8cm (1 shaku 7 sun 1 bu 0 rin), sori 0,75cm (2 bu 5 rin), moto-haba 2,97cm, moto-kasane 0,70cm, saki-haba 2,16cm, saki-kasane 0,48cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 571g , shirasaya length 72cm
[ Period ] Edo, around Enpô
[ Province ] Mutsu

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune. There is a difference between moto and saki. Kasane is relatively thick. Shinogi is higher than oridinal. Shallow sori attached. Chû-kissaki form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are kiris. Saki is kuri-jiri. One hole.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Jinie attached.
Hamon : Yakidashi begins in sugu and short. Ô-gu-no-mes, gu-no-mes ko-notares mixed in notare. Nioi is deep. Rich in nie. Kin-sujis and su-nagashi appeared.
Boushi : It runs in sugu. It turns in komaru and long. Saki has haki-kake.

MIYOSHI Nagamichi was grand-child of MIYOSHI Nagakuni who lived at Iyo, Matsuyama province.
His father Masanaga and his grand father moved to Aizu, following their feudral lord, KATÔ Yoshiaki, had been moved from Iyo to Ô-shû Aizu in Kanêi 4. Nagamichi was born in Kanei 10 in Aizu. Initially, he called himself Michinaga. In Manji 2, he was honoured the title Mutsu Daijyô, changed his name Michinaga. He had similar style of creating sword to Nagasone Kotetsu of Edo. He died in his 53 years old, Jôkyô 2.

It may be considered that the signature ura-mei "地鉄研真鍛" means creating the sword using "oroshi-gane" in very careful manner.

The meaning of character "研" : Taking the example TSUDA Sukehiro's created sword with ura-mei "以地鉄研造之" with nen-ki, Sui-shin-shi Masahide, swordsmith of Bakumatsu (end of Edo period) explained the meaning as creating swords using "卸し金" in his book titled "Tô-ken Jitsu-yô-ron".(Practical thinking on swords)
The use of oroshi-gane technique had been declining since direct forging technique of steel began to spread around Tenbun (1532-1614), however, HORIKAWA Kunihiro resumed to use oroshi-gane technique around Keichô (1596- 1614). TSUDA Sukehiro emulated to use oroshi-gane technique following "和泉守兼㝎"(Izumi-no-kami Kane-sada "nosada"), the use of technique declined again after around Genroku period.

Sui-shin-shi Masahide defined the term "oroshi-gane" in his book titled "ko-kon sei-saku-tô-ken ben-gi" as following : "In past years, they could get "zuku", "hagane" and "namagane" from iron mines but sometimes they re-brew in order to get target steel like the old swordsmiths. It called "oroshi-gane".

The meaning of "真鍛" : We can find the swords which have similar signature such as the sword of Ô-mura Kaboku "真十五枚甲伏造" or Kotetsu "真鍛長曾根興里作". The book which thought to be written by YAMANO Kaemon title "鉄鍛集", there was a section "真の鍛への事". It said that he used Izuha made fine quality materials, refining and stacking them with "mizu-beshi" process, mixing old irons and forging with "Jyû-mon-ji kitae" method.

Referenced materials : "Sakutô-no-dentô gihô" (Traditinal way of swords creating) by SUZUKI Takuo(Ri-kô-gaku-sha publishing)(1944)

[ Conditions ] Around habaki-moto, there are scratches caused by a habaki.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (su-aka-ji kin-kise(gold foiled), with family crests, single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 21st July Heisei 28(2016)), NBTHK Tokubetsu Kichô paper (issined on 22nd Oct. Shôwa 42(1967))

[ Item number ] A010317 [ Price ] JPY 750.000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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