Period: Edo period (Keicho era, 1596-1615)
Mei: Yamato Daijyo Fujiwara no Masa(nori)
Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.
Overall length: 26.73 inches (679.00 mm).
Nagasa: 21.26 inches (540.00 mm).
Nakago: O-suriage, 5.47 inches (139.00 mm). No visible yasurime, kiri nakagojiri, two mekugi-ana.
Kissaki: Sugu-hakikake boshi.
Moto-haba: 1.18 inches (30.00 mm). Saki-haba: 0.84 inches (21.30 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.24 inches (6.00 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.20 inches (5.00 mm).
Sori: 0.20 inches (5.00 mm).
Hamon: Gunome choji and kawazuko choji with ko-ashi, sunagashi and kinsuji.
Hada: Itame and masame, with utsuri and chikei.
Blade condition: Excellent condition. Very small, very minor ware that are really only noticeable with macro photography. No fatal flaws, fully polished.
Shirasaya with a decorative habaki.
This sword is by the first generation Yamato Daijyo Masanori of Echizen prefecture (Fujiwara Jo saku;
Hawley MAS738; TTp572). His swords were classified by the Yamada family as Yoki-wazamono as a result of tameshigiri testing. Masanori was originally from Miyazu of Tango prefecture.
At a guess, this sword has been shortened by 3-4 inches, so it may have originally been a chisa-katana or an o-wakizashi.