[ Feature ]
Form : Hira-zukuri, iori-mune. Mihaba is ordinal. Kasane is thick. Saki-haba(width of saki) is becoming narrow with fukura attached. Smaller tanto.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are kiri. Saki is shallow kurijiri. Mekugi-ana hole is one.
Jigane : Well grained ko-itame-hada. Fine jinies attached well. Chikei appeared.
Hamon : Suguha, with firm shimari-gokoro.
Boushi : Saki is komaru. It turns relatively longer.
Bizen Suketaka was swordsmith who created swords in Bizen around Keio. He was died 12th March Meiji 31(1898).
Signature (examples) : " Bishu Katagami-ju Hisayama Suketaka ", " Bizen nioite Heian-jo kimi-banzai Suketaka", " Bishu Suketaka korewo tsukuru", " Bishu ju-nin Yokoyama Suketaka korewo tsukuru", etc.
Koshirae : Kuro-ro-iro nuri aikuchi tanto koshirae :
Soroi kanagus (fuchi-gashira, koi-kuchi, kojiri, origane and kozuka-kougai-kawaragane)
Fuchi : Kacho(flower and bird)-zu(suaka-ji) fuchi-mei : WADA Bizan Seiryukaku-ô koikuchi-mei :(Ka-ô)
Menuki : Sô-en(two swallow)-zu(shaku-dô-ji)
Kozuka, kôgai : Sumon(suaka-ji) mumei(no signature)
Tsuka : Shiro-zame(white shark)-kise shiro-iro(white) moro-tumami-maki
Craftsman of soroi-kanagu(series of metal fittings) was WADA Isshin, who was born at Karasuma, Kamicho-ja-machi, Kyoto in 11th November Bunka 11(1814). He studied in the school of FUJIKI Kyubei, then, he became pupil of GOTO Ichijyo by an introduction of sword dealer SAWADA Chubei. He received the craft name Isshin. He loved "和歌(waka)"(Japanese traditional short poem, 31-syllable verse written in a 5-7-5-7-7 meter), "月琴(gekkin)"(Chinese guitar), believed in Shintoism , died on 4th December Meiji 15(1882) in his 69 years old. He named himself "月琴堂(Gekkindo)", "眉山(Bizan)", "天然花(Ten-nen-ka)", "大進房(Dai-shin-bo)", "政龍(Sei-ryu)", "政隆(Masataka)", etc.
[ Highlight ] A set of koshirae and sword which made by swordsmith Suketaka and a metal smith Kazumasa, who lived in same period, made around end of Edo through beginning of Meiji. Detail of transmission is not uncertain. It tells magnificence and harmonized world view, with calmness, brightness and strength even in a time of upheaval.
[ Conditions ] The blade is "furutogi(it has past some times from last polishing)", there are some "hikes(scratches)". Hamachi has a chip. But no rusts observed. It can be appreciated and preserved as it is. Regarding the koshirae, the left side part of kurigata, where kawara-gane of kou-gai-hitsu exist, there is a repaired portion but is is not significant. Rest, they remain very good conditions.