Appraisal Quiz : #390

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Suishinshi Masahide Saiba (Kokuin)
Bunka 15 nen 2 gatsu hi Suikanshi Sadahide Kitae kore (February 1818)

Special feature : Suishinshi Masahide the First forged this wakizashi. It is an accepted theory that he was the founder of Shinshin-to. Masahide was born in Dewa province, present Yamagata pref. in 1750. It is said that he learned in his youth under Kunikane the Forth at Sendai or a smith forging farming tools. Masahide went to Edo and learned under Miyakawa Yoshihide, a swordsmith of Shitahara school on the introduction of a certain samurai at the age of 22. Masahide started serving the Akimoto family in 1774 and studied the method of forging sword from an independent standpoint. A daimyo; a feudal lord gave Masahide foreign steel called Namban-tetsu to study. On early works he was fond of brilliant Toran-ba modeled on Sukehiro that had a tendency to break so he tried to the revival of Koto blade forged in the Kamakura period aimed at the sharpness. He went to Edo in 1781and learned Bizen-den under Ishido Korekazu, Soshu-den under Tsunahiro. Masahide was also an educational swordsmith to discipline an array of excellent pupils; Taikei Naotane, Hosokawa Masayoshi, Chounsai Tsunatoshi and others.
Masahide passed away in 1825, aged 76.
This blade has nice Hamon with many Ashi.
We recommend this Katana.

Appraisal Quiz #390 (June 3rd, 2016)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 71.5 cm or 28.14 inches.
Sori : 1.6 cm or 0.62 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2.83 cm or 1.11 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.16 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.26 inches.
Shape : Regular size Katana with rather large Sori.
The nice shape Osuriage Mumei Katana.
Jigane : Itame Hada and Mokume Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
There are Utsuri.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha base with Ko Gunome Midare.
There are many Ko-Ashi. In Ha, there are Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Boshi likes Kaen Hakikake style.


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