Item has been just added to our inventory… Excellent condition blade and fittings, blade which remains in quality polish. The nakago remains unshortened and the NBTHK they have attributed the smith to “Kashu Iehira”. Kashu Iehira was a smith of early Edo period found in Kaga, today located in Kanazawa. He was active in early Edo period and died in 1683AD. The Blade itself has a very beautiful texture to the grain, almost looks like waves, similar to that of Ayasugi Hada. I would categorize the hada as Masame with a slight variant of Itame hada. Hamon is very strong and active with a notare and Midare pattern. Some opening in the grain are visible which is common in Masame hada.
The Koshirae is an eye catcher, the Fuchi/ Kashira have detailed depictions of a castle made with a combination of finely inlaid gold and carefully chiseled lines. The three dimensional look is not an easy task to achieve on a curved surface. The Tsuba is made of iron and has a rare motif of a Japanese Temagari. The saya of the koshirae fits the Kogai and has a cloud like lacquer. Comes with a wood shirasaya that has a small opening to it, and the NBTHK Hozon has a blanked area above the original owners name (it is common for Japanese owners to hide/ cross out their name on the certification once they decide to sell a piece as they are very private people, it does not affect the validity in any way of a certificate.).