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Wakizashi signed Jumyo Ietsugu "壽命 家次"
Mino Area, End of Momoyama - Beginning of Shinto


Total Weight
0.869 kg
Weight without Saya
0.679 kg
Weight of the Blade
0.487 kg
Length
(blade Only)
64.4 cm
Nagasa
50 cm
 Tsuka Length
15 cm
Sori
0.7 cm
Kissaki Length
3.2 cm
Moto Haba2.8 cm
Saki Haba2.6 cm
Moto Kasaneto the Mune = 0.62 cm
to the Shinogi = 0.7 cm
Saki Kasaneto the Mune = 0.45 cm
to the Shinogi = 0.49 cm
Curvature
Tori Sori (Central Curvature)
Kissaki Type
Chu Kissaki (medium length)
Blade Shape
Shinogi Zukuri (diamond shaped in a cutting view
Mune
Iori mune (Triangular)
Hamon
A Nie Deki type Gunome Choji with Sunagashi and Kinsuji
Hada
Ko Masame / Itame (very tight)
BoshiHakikake Boshi (drawing of sand scattered by a broom)
NakagoSigned "Jumyo Ietsugu" "寿命 家次" on the Omote. 41.4cm length. There is 3 Mekugi Ana, indicating as much different mountings from different owners over the centuries, attesting the age of the blade. Straight end in a Kiri Jiri type, typical for shortened blades.
The Tang is a classical Ichimonji Gata or Futsu Gata.
The blade features differents Yasurime on Ura etd Kiri Yasurime on Omote (signed side). The lower part of the tang reveals a deeper oxydation, which is a sign from a shortening and the ancient dividing line between polished part and oxyded part, which is called Sabigiwa.

Saya
- Saya: pearly green lacquered with the Koiguchi and Kurigata made of horn, the end (Kojiri) is a rounded shape. Places for Kogatana and Kogai Ana.
- Kozuka: coppered and weathered on the visible side. Large relief pattern of a golden dragon in the waves, also called Namitatsu. 9.35cm length.
- Kogatana: signed Sadatsugu "貞次". One polished side, revealing a hada with straight lines, Masame type and a straight quenching line, Suguha type. legth of the blade: 11.6cm
Tsuka & Tosogu
(Tsuba, Menuki, Fuchi/Kashira)
- Tsuka with a black silk braiding, Tsumami Maki type, at each crossing the braid is pinched. Finishing on the Kashira with an exterior braiding, Tensho Koshirae type, wich a common mounting during the Tensho Era to the end of the Azuchi Momoyama era, at the end of the 16th century. High quality natural Same with large visible grains.
- Kashira: black in Buffalo horn, partly covered with the external braiding, Tensho Koshirae type.
- Menuki: ears of wheat pattern, also called "Inaho"
- Fuchi: likely from the schools Hikone Soten of Goto with a Nanako (small grains) surfacing and pattern of someone dancing nearby a japanese pine (Matsu 松)
- Seppa, classical copper pair.
- Habaki coppered, without any pattern "Muji"
- Tsuba with Sukashi type openings, Ginkgo 5 leaves pattern, hope, love and long life symbol, altogether with a divine protection. Nearly rounded shape Maru Gata type, and a rounded border Maru Mimi. Weight 76g, size 6.95cm x 7.2 cm, thickness 0.48cm.
Study &
Team Review
Beautifully crafted set, with a typical Edo period mounting and the blade, end of Koto era - beginning of Shinto era, is visually very beautiful with its very air Gunome Choji quenching. An ideal investment for a collection.
The only uncertainty stays on the origin of the smith, no Jumyo Ietsugu does exist or is known. We do assertively think it is Jumyo blade shortened by a smith named Ietsugu, for which he added his signature. The signature adding long after the smithing of the blade, is called an Ato Mei. Here it would be a partial Ato Mei from the smith who modified the blade, notifying his work.

Jumyo "寿命" School
"Jumyo" means "Long Life", these blades were very wanted, as they were considered positives. A belief was that anyone owning a Jumyo blade was blessed with wealth and long life. So were these blades a perfect gift during peace times. At war times, they were reknowed for their sharpness and cutting abilities, whichi is why they are often classified as Wazemono.
The Jumyo School is in fact a long lineage of smiths who only signed, for most of them, with the "寿命" kanji. This lineage goes back to the early days of the Mino tradition. They were originally located in the Shimizu village. It seems that the first generation (Shodai) was originated from the Yamato since 1302, and were the setllers of the Mino tradition.
There is also a link between the Jumyo lineage and the Toshinaga school from the Kawado village. The Toshinaga Kanji can be read as Jumyo, and vice versa.
This school evolved from  the Koto era to the end of 18th century. The main branch will split in 2 large groups during the 17th century, giving birth to the Ishikiri and Kondo lineages. To which must be added the Jumyo lineage from Owari, originating from migration of the Jumyo smiths from Mino to Owari at the times of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The first generation of this lineage was also the first generation of the Ishikiri lineage. The Jumyo Owari lineage had 5 generations from 1579 to 1804.

Oshigata et informations on the Jumyo lineage




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