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Aoi Art 1-54-6 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0053 Japan



Appraisal Quiz : #441

Previous answer is
Suishinshi masahide (Kao)
Kansei 8Nen 2 Gatsu hi Ou Nitta minamoto Jyousei Kun
Jyu Saku No Gisin No

Special feature:uSuishinshi 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.

Appraisal Quiz #441 (June 3rd, 2017)
Who made this sword do you think ?


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Blade length : 84.6 cm or 33.30 inches.
Sori : 1.75 cm or 0.68 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.3 cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.35 cm or 0.92 inches.
Kasane : 0.78 cm or 0.30 inches.
Shape : Shinogi Tsukuri, wide and long Katana. Chu Kissaki.
Jigane : Ko-Itame Hada, some parts are Itame Hada, Nagare Hada with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Choji Midare, Togari-Ha and Gunome Midare. Yaki is high.
There are Ashi and Yo. It looks like Shimaba. The Nioikuchi is rather tight and bright.
There are small Tobiyaki and fine Sunagashi.
Boshi is deep Yaki and Midarekomi Togari style.
Engraving: Koshi-Hi and Gomabashi.


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