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Signature : (Kinpun Mei) Kobizen Sukekane.
Special Features: This sword is adorned with a gold-inlaid inscription by Honami Kouson, identifying it as an
ancient Bizen Sukekane piece. It is considered a highly valuable work from the middle of the
Heian period, rarely found and exquisitely crafted.
From Aoi Art: Inscribed as a superior piece by Honami Kouson with a gold-inlaid inscription, this sword is a
valuable work from the middle of the Heian period. It is rarely seen and showcases the
characteristics of ancient Bizen craftsmanship. We are delighted to present this exceptional
Bizen Sukekane sword.
Appraisal Quiz #765 (October 21st, 2023)
Who made this sword do you think ?
Blade length: 73.9 cm (29.13 inches)
Curvature: 2.3 cm (0.91 inches)
Peg hole: 1
Width at base: 3.29 cm (1.29 inches)
Width at tip: 2.39 cm (0.94 inches)
Weight of the sword: 965 grams (2.13 pounds)
Shape: Broad body, thick width at base, deep curvature, extended point, a well-proportioned piece
with a pleasing silhouette. The obverse and reverse sides have carved hi (grooves).
The blade still has approximately 5 cm (1.97 inches) of unsharpened edge, indicating its sound condition.
Jigane: Fine ko-itame hada (small wood grain pattern), well-tempered with fine ji-nie (grain pattern)
resulting in refined steel.
Hamon (temper line): Irregular gunome midare (undulating irregular waves) pattern, showing deep
nioiguchi (temper line) and attractive ashi (feet), giving a soft and gentle feel.
Boshi (point): Irregular and turns back in a small round shape.
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