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Appraisal Quiz : #247

Previous answer is
joushu Kasama Junin Hosaka Takehachiro Minamoto Masatsugu/Ou Kimura kore Ryoko Kitae kore(explanation: Hosaka Hachiro Minamoto Masatsugu
who lives in Kasama province made this sword.
Mr Kimura requested to make the sword and satisfied the grain of the blade. )

Special feature : Hosaka Takehachiro Minamoto Masatsugu was working at Hitachi province and influenced by Norikatsu(Tokkatsu).
This sword is very healthy without Kizu and flow.

Appraisal Quiz #247 (June 7th, 2013)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 71.51 cm or 28.15 inches.
Sori : 1.73 cm or 0.68 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.11 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.18 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Shape :The blade is wide and thick and also longer size with sori, longer kissaki nice looking shape.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada quite well with jinie attach nice clean texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare an cyoji midare mixed and midarekomi boshi.

1:The blade is wide and thick solid shape and longer kissaki.
2:The Jigane is tight koitame hada well grained beautiful texture.
3:Hamon is gunome midair and also kissai also gunome midair.
4:Generally this wordsmith has many saidanmei(cutting test) kiritsuke mei not Kinzogan.

1:The blade is very healthy wide and thick and longer kissaki.
At Late edo period, these healthy blades were made.
2:Jigane is very tight koitame hada.
At the end of Edo period, nice Jigane(iron) was imported from Europe
and also iron making factory was established and developed iron-making
technology. Sword makers made swords by using this steal.
Ironically,Japanese sword makers introduced western steal and abandon
Japanese traditional Japanese steal by using iron sand.
3:This kind of Gunome midair hamon made by Koyama Munetsugu and Cyounsai Tsunatoshi.
The hamon of the Tsunatoshi divide 2 pieces and round shape kissaki hamon.
meanwhile Koyama Munetsugu made regular Gunome midair hamon and midarekomi style boshi.
4:Koyama Munetsugu has Saidanmei (Kiritsuke mei:cut the Tameshigiri on the Nakago)
He made Few saidanmei by Kinzogan(gold inlay).
I think making Kinzoganmei is expensive and also require great care.


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