Appraisal Quiz : #326

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Houki Kami Taira Ason Masayuki

Special feature : Hoki (No) Kami Masayuki was born as a son of the Second Masayoshi in1733. Masayuki learned under Miyahara Masachika
and served the domain of Satsuma. Following the achievements of Mondo (No) Sho Masakiyo and Ippei Yasuyo,
Masayoshi is known as one of the representative swordsmith in the first half Shinshin-to period in that province
and ranked at Jojo-saku among the shinshin-to swordsmiths. Masayuki used the name Masayoshi on his early works.
On the occasion to be the Hoki- (No) Kami in 1789, he changed the signature Masayoshi.
The workmanship resembles to Soshu-den style influenced by Shizu province.
Distinctive long line called Imozuru appear on the ha as a traditional Satsuma-to.
Masayuki passed away in 1819, aged 87. He had excellent abilities
not only forging sword as a retained swordsmith
but also left a note concerning with forging sword and trained many pupils.
The same thing can be said of Suishinshi-Masahide at Edo.
This blade is typical Satsuma blade Sosyu style active Gunome midair with thick nioikuchi. They score Sosyu masamune
and other high ranking sword makers like Samonji, Sadamune and Shizu school.
Sometimes the blade was cut down the signature and changed to Sosyu high ranking sword makers.

Appraisal Quiz #326 (January 30th, 2015)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 57.1 cm or 22.48 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.84cm or 1.11 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.12 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.54 cm or 0.21 inches.
Era : Edo period around Kanbun era.
Shape : Regular size Wakizashi.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
There are Chikei. The Jikane is beautiful.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Deep Nioikuchi. From Hamachi wide Suguha, and then wide Ashi Gunome Midare. In Ha, there are Ashi, Yo, Sunagashi and Kinsuji.

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