Katana signed Hamabe Minryushi TOSHIZANE Not to be Frightenedof the STRONG with) Blue pearl of inlay scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae

Shin'shinto latter half of Edo period (Bunka era/circa 1804-) Inaba
Length of cutting edge 67.0cm Curvature 1.2cm Width of base 31.8mm Thickness of base 8.0mm Width of Yokote 20.0mm

NBTHK(Hozon) certificate

with) Blue pearl of inlay scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae

Blade construction : Shinogi-zukuri,Iori-mune. Wide in Mihaba and thick in Kasane. Well-proportioned Katana holding the curvature of symmetry leading to the middle tip. Wide ratio of Hira-ji to Shinogi-ji which is referred to as Shin-shinto configuration that appears with Bunka era 文化(1804-)
(click HERE for higher resolution of entire blade)
Forging (Hada) : Hada is fine Ko-Itame-hada which is well kneaded and some flowing ware is perceived. Sparkling glitter so called Ji-Nie crystallized mist covers on surface and darkish Nie lines so called Chikei activity gushes out from steel.
Temper line (Hamon) : Hamon is fine Nioi-based, in which interior is filled with Nioi-mist. Quenching boundary line starts with slope of Yakidashi then undulating Notare with small clove outline of Choji like KIKU flower.
Tang (Nakago) : Nakago is UBU in original. Heel shape is IRIYAMA V-shape.Slanting left Sujikai with cosmetical Kesho file marks. Back ridge of Nakago is well contoured with Sujikaii filemark. One Mekugi-ana peg hole. The inscription signature in front starts with family school name Hamabe 浜部、then the pseudonym Minryushi 眠龍子 and smith name TOSHIZANE 寿実. The other side shows the inscription of Chinese poem 剛亦不吐 (not to be frightened of the STRONG).
Temper of tip (Boshi) : Temper of tip becomes small clove Choji and small circle in front whereas the back forms medium circle then deeply turns back.

Hamabe TOSHIZANE 浜部寿実 in Tottori, Inaba domain was born in Anei 6 (1777) as a legitimate son of master Hamabe TOSHINORI 浜部寿格. Real name Gihachiro 儀八郎.
He stands unlivaled in western Japan and was a dominant maker in his time to create KIKU chrysanthemum flower pattern quenching technique and trained many pupils in the same league as Suishinji MASAHIDE 水心子正秀.
Initially he named himself TOSHIKUNI 寿国 before succeed the head-ship of HAMANO school then changed to TOSHIZANE 寿実 on Kansei 9 (1797) when he was 20 years old.He became to add the the pseudonym Minryushi 眠龍子 on after Kyouwa 1st (1801).
Subject Katana is heavy on hands with prominent workmanship of his own KIKU flower quenching. The other side has four Chinese Poem to show a firm faith of Samurai spirit 剛亦不吐 that means "Don't Freak out while stand off to the STRONG" in full of militarism. Ranks Jo-saku "Superior Made".

with) Blue pearl of inlay scabbard Uchikatana Koshirae
(click HERE for entire Koshirae in front and HERE for reversed side / HERE for each fitting)
  • Kashira/Kojiri : Oborogin silver alloy Wrinkles leather Stone surface
  • Fuchi : Suaka copper alloy Wrinkles leather Stone surface, unsigned
  • Menuki : AWAHO foxtail millet, Shakudo ground, Katabori carving, Gold Iroe
  • Tsuba : Roud shape, Suaka copper Polish surface, unsigned
  • Tsuka : White rayskin, Black silk cord Moro-tsumami style lozenge wrap
Good old polish/Condition scale: very good-good (using a scale of mint-excellent-very good-good-fair-poor)
Yamagane copper alloy single layer Habaki collar. No Shirasaya plain wood mount includes

Due to old polish preserved in original Koshirae mount, there are some minor stains and rust. These wares are eliminated or blow away next time by skilled polish.