A Jumyo Wakizashi

shintō period Circa 1661 AD.

with fine matching fittings (Mid to late edo)

blade - NBTHK Hozon certificate

koshirae & tsuba - NTHK-NPO certificates

 

The Jumyo (寿命) school has its origins from Yamato (Nara prefecture) and moved to Mino province (Gifu prefecture) in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The tradition continued for centuries, right up until the end of the Edo period in 1868. The main line separated in the 17th century into the Ishikiri and Kondo lineages. In addition, there were also the Owari-Jumyo. This line resulted from a migration of Mino smiths to Owari following Ieyasu Tokugawa’s defeat of the Imagawa clan. The Shodai of the Owari-Jumyo, Tango no kami Fujiwara Jumyo, was also the first in the Ishikiri lineage. The Owari-Jumyo lasted five generations (1579-1804).

The name Jumyo has been thought as very auspicious for longevity and used for gift and many swordsmiths used the same name for generations. It was believed that those who possessed a Jumyo blade were blessed with good fortune and longevity. Jumyo swords had a deserved reputation as wazamono blades with very good cutting ability. Interestingly, a superstition arose that a cut from a Jumyo sword would never heal. Presumably this was a comment on both the cutting ability of this school's swords and their perceived auspicious nature.

This wakizashi has been attributed to "Shinto Jumyo" by the NBTHK, Hozon. Shinto Jumyo refers to a smith known as "Mino no Kami Jumyo" who worked around 1661 AD. His works were rated as Chu-jo saku. The koshirae received kantei-sho with score of 80 of 100, permitting the koshirae to be eligible for the yearly Yushu shinsa (considered to be the equivalent of NBTHK's Juyo shinsa) held only in Japan. The tsuba received Kantei-sho with score of 74 of 100.

 

Swordsmith: Jumyō (寿命) (shintō, 新刀)

type: Wakizashi

Nagasa (cutting edge length): 38.5 cm  Sori (curvature):   3 bu   Motohaba (width): 2.7  cm

Boshi: komaru with turn-back

Hada: mokume-masame with sunagashi                     

Hamon: gunome notare w/ kinsuji, and inazuma

Horimono: Bonji (sanscrit characters)                  

Nakago: kiri-jiri (squared off), suriage, 2 mekugiana          

Signature: Jumyō (寿命)

Note: blade has one small nick, about .5mm (pictured), no kizu (fatal flaws).

Certificate #1: NBTHK Hozon (a sword Worthy of Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword),

Certificates #2 (koshirae), 3 (tsuba): NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword’s koshirae and tsuba designated as Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword) koshirae scored - 80 of 100, tsuba scored - 74 of 100 (see shinsa worksheets linked further below)  Note: Koshirae is eligible for the yearly Yushu shinsa held only in Japan.

 

Shirasaya: fine Japanese honoki wood with buffalo horn trim

 

koshirae: kodachi-koshirae with black ishime kizami-saya, tsuka: white same, golden brown hishimaki wrapping, fuchi- kashira: signed "Kiryūken Yoshimori" (起龍軒美盛), gold and shakudō sogetsugi, wickerwork and sayagata decoration, menuki: shakudō and suaka in katachibori, iroe, motif ginko, kozuka: en in suite, suaka, back side gilded, sayagata decoration, Other: uragawara, kurigata, kojiri en suite with other fittings, KANTEI: late Edo period, 80/100 points

 

tsuba: mei "Nobuie" (信家), mokkō-gata, two hitsu-ana (one plugged with shakudō), iron, migaki-ji, sukinokoshi-mimi, kikkō pattern as main decoration, kebori KANTEI: Kaga, mid-Edo period  74/100 points

  Included: carry bags

NBTHK Hozon certificate translation:

kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 3001693

wakizashi, mei: Jumyō (寿命) (shintō, 新刀)

nagasa 1 shaku 2 sun 7 bu kyō

Migi wa tō-kyōkai ni oite shinsa no kekka, hozon-tōken to kantei-shi kore o shō-suru.

(右は當協會に於て審査の結果保存刀剣と鑑定しこれを証する)

Heisei nijūgonen ichigatsu nijūkunichi (平成二十五年一月二十九日)

kōeki-zaidan-hōjin (公益財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)

Appraisal

wakizashi, signed: Jumyō (Shintō)

nagasa ~ 38.5 cm

According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate it as hozon-tōken.

January 29th 2013

[Foundation] NBTHK

 

Click to see: NTHK-NPO shinsa worksheet #151

kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Certificate

katana-koshirae (刀拵)

chiisagatana-koshirae with ribbed lacquer saya and en suite dark ishime-ji fittings

(皆具黒石目地塗刻鞘小さ刀拵え)

shōshin (正真) – Authentic

Heisei 28 nen 2 gatsu 26 nichi (平成二十八年二月二十六日) – February 26th 2016

Non Profit Organization (特定非営利活動法人)

Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK

Board Chairman (理事長): Miyano Teiji (宮野貞司)

 

No T. 1600151

meibun (銘文) – Signature: mumei

tsukurikomi (造り込み) – Shape:

shitaji (下地) – Foundation:

zugara (図柄) – Motif/Design:

hori (彫り) – Carvings/Engravings:

sunpō (寸法) – Measurements: overall length 65.0 cm

koshirae (拵え) – Mounting: tsuka with white same and golden brown hishimaki wrapping;

fuchigashira of gold and suaka in sogetsugi interpretation and

showing a net and sayagata design; menuki of shakudō and

suaka, in katachibori and iroe, depicting ginkgo;

kurigata, uragawara, kojiri and kozuka en suite with the kozuka

signed "Kiryūken Yoshimori" (起龍軒美盛)

bikō (備考) – Remarks: late Edo period

shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 5 seals

Click to see: NTHK-NPO shinsa worksheet #150

kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Certificate

tsuba ()

Kaga, Nobuie (加賀、信家)

shōshin (正真) – Authentic

Heisei 28 nen 2 gatsu 26 nichi (平成二十八年二月二十六日) – February 26th 2016

Non Profit Organization (特定非営利活動法人)

Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK

Board Chairman (理事長): Miyano Teiji (宮野貞司)

 

No T. 1600150

meibun (銘文) – Signature: Nobuie (信家)

tsukurikomi (造り込み) – Shape: mokkō-gata, two hitsu-ana (one plugged with shakudō)

shitaji (下地) – Foundation: iron, polished finish, sukinokoshi-mimi

zugara (図柄) – Motif/Design: kikkō pattern

hori (彫り) – Carvings/Engravings: kebori

sunpō (寸法) – Measurements: height 6.8 cm, width 6.2 cm

koshirae (拵え) – Mounting:

bikō (備考) – Remarks: mid-Edo period

shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 5 seals

 

 

picture above shows the ura-gawara (small metal strip), where kozuka rests at kuzuka-hitsu

 

 

KAERI-ZUNO (OR CALLED SAKA-ZUNO)
(A hook shaped fitting used to lock the scabbard to the obi while drawing)

 

 

KURIKATA
(scabbard [saya] fitting for attaching the sageo)

 

 

KASHIRA

 

 

MENUKI - shakudō and suaka in katachibori, iroe, motif apricot or ginko leaves

 

KOJIRI
(bottom end fitting on scabbard)

 

 

 

 

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