(Ishido) Mitsuhira (fss-561)

Mei:  dewa no kami hokkyo minamoto mitsuhira 
Date: 1652

Nagasa : 23 "
Sori: 12.0mm
Width at the ha-machi: 31.5mm
Width at the yokote: 23.9mm
Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.0mm
Construction: shinogi zukuri
Mune: iori
Nakago: ubu
Kitae: itame
Hamon: midare chogi
Boshi:  ko-maru
Condition:  very good sashikomi polish

Jo-Saku rated smith


This wakazashi is almost katana length.  It is wide and strong looking.  The sword is flawless and comes with Tokubetsu papers and sayagaki from Tanobe Sensei of the NBTHK.  This blade is in shirasaya and has a solid silver habaki. The quality of the hamon is exceptional and has many hataraki/activaty within it.  The hada is very tightly forged and rich looking. Mitsuhira is now thought to have been the older brother of Tsunemitsu.  He received the Dewa no kami titel and was later known as dewa nyudo.  He was famous for choji ha.  It has been said that the soshu den had been very prosperous after keich era, but a revival of the bizen ichimonji den was due to Korekazu and Mitsuhira.


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The Ishido school originated at the Sekido Temple in Omi Province around the Kanei period (1624). From there the smiths went to various sections of the country to found branch Ishido schools. Some went to Kii Province and came to be known as the Kishi Ishido. Later Tameyasu led this group to Osaka. Other smiths of this school went to Edo, the most famous of these being Ishido Korekazu. Mitsuhira was one of the students of Korekazu.

The Ishido school smiths were best known for their ability to make swords in the Bizen tradition of the Ichimonji school. They were well known for their hamon, a robust choji midare that sometimes reached the shinogi. Their works often had fine utsuri and the best works are often mistaken for true Ichimonji works. One distinctive feature that differs from the Ichimonji school is that the hada in the shinogi ji is masame whereas in the Ichimonji school of the Koto period it would be itame. Another difference is that in Ichimonji swords the outstanding midare patterns would keep their exuberance into the boshi while the boshi of the Ishido School tend to be of a quieter and shallower midare pattern.







This sword is on consignment.



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