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Appraisal Quiz #743


Previous answer is
 越前守助広(明暦頃)
Motte Jigane Togi Tsukuru Kore
以地鉄研作之

Special feature: Sukehiro worked the most important among all Osaka Shinto
swordsmiths. We have two generations, and this blade was made by the 2nd. Sukehiro
the 1st was born in Harima and later moved to Osaka to become a pupil of Kawachi
Kami Kunisuke the 1st. He is commonly called as Soboro Sukehiro. His blades are very
sharp and designated as Saijo Owazamono. He was approved as Echizen Kami in his
last years. He passed away in Kanbun 3(1663). The 2nd is a pupil of the 1st. He
succeeded to him in Kanbun 1(1661) and employed by Osakajodai Aoyama
Inawanosuke Munetoshi in Kanbun 7(1667). He started to engrave “Tsuda Echizen Kami
Sukehiro” in Kaisho style from February 1667. From April of 1674, he changed his
signature style to Sosho style. He passed away in 1682. This work is well-shaped, has
an elaborate Jigane and Konie, while its edge seems tight and soft at the same time.

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Appraisal Quiz #743 (May 20th, 2023)
Who made this sword do you think ?

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Blade length:71.3cm or 28.07inches.
Sori:2.4cm or 0.94inches.
Mekugi:2
Width at the hamachi:2.98cm or 1.17inches.
Width at the Kissaki:1.98cm or 0.77inches.
Kasane:0.58cm or 0.22inches.
The weight of the sword:690grams
Shape: The blade has deep Sori and enough broadness. Kissaki is slightly long The shape is very beautiful. There is no Hi on Shinogiji so we can appreciate Jigane very well.
Jigane: Koitamehada and Mokumehada with Jinie. Oitamehada with Jinie and Utsuri.
Hamon: Almost Nioideki, Chojimidare is mixed with xunomemidare. Reversed Choji mixes in with deep Nioikuchi and lots of Ashi. There is Homarekizu on Mune 30cm from the start of the back.

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