Wakizashi Den Bishū Osafune Norimitsu (伝備州⻑船則光) ‒ “Attributed to Osafune Norimitsu from Bizen province”
Signature: Bishū Osafune … (備州⻑船以下切れ) ‒ “Bishū Osafune (rest cut off)” When the nakago has been shortened.
Shinogi – zukuri , iori – mune Forging is A rather rough itame with a few areas of Ohada / coarse grain ,Hamon is Sugu – chō with a tendency to some midare The bōshi is
notare – komi with a ko – maru – kaeri
Made around Bunʼan (⽂安, 1444-1449)
Blade length ~ 41.2 cm
Mounted in Koshirae with an excellent set of shakudo and gold fuchi kashira with high relief waves and Chidori motif,Menuki are Persimmons, Sukashi iron tsuba
NORIMITSU (則光), Kagen (嘉元, 1303-1306), Yamato – “Yamato no Kuni Norimitsu” (大和国則光), “Norimitsu” (則光), “Washū-jū Norimitsu” (和州住則光), Senju’in school, he lived in Nara ́s Yurugi (動木) NORIMITSU (則光), 1st gen., Kagen (嘉元, 1303-1306), Bizen – “Bizen no Kuni Osafune-jū Norimitsu” (備前国長船住則光), according to tradition the son von Toshimitsu (俊光) and a student of Nagamitsu (長光), ko- gunome, suguha mixed with ko-ashi that reminds of Kagemitsu (景光), jō-saku NORIMITSU (則光), 2nd gen., Enbun (延文, 1356-1361), Bizen – “Bishū Osafune Norimitsu” (備州長船則光), we know blades from the Enbun to the Ōan era (応安, 1368-1375) NORIMITSU (則光), 3rd gen., Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Bizen – “Bishū Osafune Norimitsu” (備州長船則光), according to tradition the son of Iesuke (家助), first name Suke ́emon (助右衛門), only very few blades are extant NORIMITSU (則光), 4th gen., Eikyō (永享, 1429-1441), Bizen – “Bishū Osafune Norimitsu” (備州長船則光), “Norimitsu” (則光), “Bishū Osafune Gorōzaemon no Jō Norimitsu” (備州長船五郎左衛門尉則光), first name Gorōzaemon (五郎左衛門), chūjō-saku NORIMITSU (則光), 5th gen., Chōroku (長禄, 1457-1460), Bizen – “Bizen no Kuni Osafune Norimitsu” (備前国長船則光), “Bizen no Kuni Osafune Norimitsu Seishū ni oite saku” (備前国長船則光於勢州作, “made by Bizen Osafune Norimitsu in Ise province”), “Bizen no Kuni-jū Norimitsu saku” (備前之国住長船則光作), “Bishū Osafune Norimitsu” (備州長船則光) NORIMITSU (則光), Kanshō (寛正, 1460-1466), Bizen – “Bishū-jū Osafune Saemon no Jō Norimitsu” (備州住長船左衛門尉則光), “Bizen no Kuni Osafune-jū Saemon no Jō Fujiwara Ason Norimitsu – Sakushū Takatori no Shō Kurosaka ni oite tsukuru – Takatori Kageyu Saemon no Jō Fujiwara Ason Yasusuke kore o utsu – Chōroku sannen tsuchinoto-u jūnigatsu” (備前国長船住左衛門尉藤原朝臣則光・於作州鷹取庄黒坂造・鷹取勘解由 左衛門尉藤原朝臣泰佐打之・長禄参年己卯十二月, “made by Bizen Osafune ́s Saemon no Jō Fujiwara Ason Norimitsu in Kurosaka in the Takatori fief of Mimasaka province for Takatori Kageyu Saemon no Jō Fujiwara Ason Yasusuke, in the twelfth month Chōroku three , year of the hare”), first name Saemon (左衛門), there exists a blade with the date signature of the ninth year of Bunmei (文明, 1477) and the information “made at the age of 72” and the theory exists that he and the 5th gen. Gorōzaemon no Jō Norimitsu were the same smith, anyway, he was the most skillful of all Norimitsu smiths and is due to his active period also referred to as “Kanshō-Norimitsu,” he also worked in Mimasaka province, elegant sugata with a shallow sori, sometimes also a robust sugata and usually hi or a horimono is engraved, the jihada is a fine mokume mixed with wavy ō-hada, bō-utsuri appears, the hamon is a large dimensioned koshi-no- hiraita midare with rather few hataraki within the hamon, occasionally nioi-jimi appear, another hamon interpretation of Norimitsu is a midare with uniformly large elements which tends to nie-deki, the bōshi is midare-komi with short a kaeri, ryō- wazamono ◎ NORIMITSU (則光), Bunmei (文明, 1469-1487), Bizen – “Bishū Osafune Norimitsu” (備州長船則光), Sue-Bizen style, wazamono