Ryujin Swords

Wakizashi by Fujishima Den NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho

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Period: Circa 1441 (Muromachi era).

Mei: Mumei. Attributed by the NBTHK to the Fujishima school.

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.

Overall length: 26.02 inches (661.00 mm)

Nagasa: 20.04 inches (509.00 mm) long.

Nakago: Suriage, 5.98 inches (152.00 mm). Two mekugi-ana; the nakago has probably been shortened by 2 inches (50 mm) at least; it may have started life as a ko-dachi. The yasurime are kiri.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.02 inches (25.97 mm). The boshi is midaremi ko-maru.

Moto-haba: 1.11 inches (28.10 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.24 inches (6.13 mm). Saki-haba: 0.69 inches (17.62 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.19 inches (4.74 mm).

Sori: 0.71 inches (18.00 mm). Very deep.

Hamon: Gunome midare with some togari-ba, konie-deki and sunagashi.

Hada: Itame and mokume, with utsuri and chikei in the jitetsu.

Blade condition: In recent polish. One small blister that may go with the next polish, but no other flaws and no fatal flaws.


In shirasaya


The founder of the Fujishima school was Tomoshige, a pupil of Rai Kunitoshi. His work dates to 1334-1338. Tomoshige moved to the vicinity of Fujishima castle in Echizen province, where he made swords for the samurai there. The school lasted from the early to the middle Muromachi period.

The Fujishima school is onsidered to be waki-mono or majiwari-mono. The characteristics of the swords of the Fujishima school tend to combine the traits of two or three of the Gokaden (five main schools). Certain of the Fujishima smiths, and the later Sanekage school smiths, worked in one or more of the basic traditions and incorporated several of the characteristics of these schools into their work.

The jitetsu of Fujishima den swords were generally itame, sometimes with a hint of masame in areas close to the shinogi-ji. Many also have utsuri. This is a fairly typical sword. Large mokume is more typical of Katsuiye, who worked in the Mino and Bizen traditions.

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