Dai Sho :Masaie Saku/ Mumei (Sekishu Dewa Sadatsuna)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number: 23227

Dai Sho:
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Dai(Katana): in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(NBTHK Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho Token)

Signature: Masaie Saku 正家作

We categorize swordsmith’s work into Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku,
Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku. This work by Masaiye is ranked as Jyo Saku.

Habaki: Single Foiled Silver.
Blade Length: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 7 Bu 5 Rin (72.2 cm, 28.4 in)
Curvature: 7 Bu (2.1 cm, 0.8 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.9 cm (1.2 in)
Width at the Tip: 1.9 cm (0.7 in)
Thickness of Rim: 0.8 cm (0.3 in)
Sword Weight: 800 grams.
Era: the late Muromachi period
Shape: wide blade with deep curve and long kissaki.
Jigane: Fine Ko-Itame hada with jinie. Whitish utsuri appears on the surface.

Hamon: niedeki suguha with doubled hamon and yo. A sword with such an indistinct blade pattern is said to be sharp.
The sword is thought to be from the Eisho(1504-1521) period in Bizen.

Koshirae:
Tsuba: Quince-shaped Iron Tsuba with landscape and gold pattern around the edge.
Fuchikashira: Luxurious Fuchikashira with high relief copper lions and peonies, colored with gold.
Saya: Varied lacquered Saya.
Menuki: High relief lions colored with gold. Or made of solid gold (unclear).
Kojiri and Kurikata: Decorated with colored gold.

Aoi Art’s Comment: The blade length of 72.2 cm and deep curvature make this
a remarkable piece with a good shape. Furthermore, the Koshirae is magnificent and can be described as luxurious.

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Sho(Wakizashi): in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(NBTHK Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho Token)

Signature: Mumei (Unsigned, attributed to Sekishu Dewa Sadatsuna 石州出羽貞綱)

We categorize swordsmith’s work into Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku.
This work, attributed to Dewa Sadatsuna, is ranked as Jyojyo Saku.

Habaki: Single Foiled Silver.
Blade Length: 1 Shaku 7 Sun 3 Bu (52.4 cm, 20.6 in).
Curvature: 4 Bu (1.2 cm, 0.5 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base: 2.7 cm (1.0 in).
Width at the Tip: 1.9 cm (0.7 in).
Thickness of Rim: 0.7 cm (0.3 in).
Sword Weight: 525 grams.

Era: Late Muromachi period.
Shape: O-suriage Mumei blade with normal width and thickness, moderate curvature, and an elongated Kissaki.
Jigane: Fine Ko-Itame hada with excellent Jigane with occasional faint Utsuri.
Hamon: Rounded Gunome Midare with activity at the lower part and soft working. The Kissaki is small and round.

Features: the words of Sadatsuna and Naotsuna is characterized by rounded Gunome Midare with activity in the blade, especially noticeable in the cutting edge.
This sword was previously designated Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho and attributed to Kashu Nobunaga.

Koshirae:
Tsuba: Mokkoshaped Iron Tsuba with carving of landscape.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo with carving of shishi dog and peony.
Menuki: High relief carving of Shi-shi dogs.
Kojiri and Kurikata: Decorated with gold color

Aoi Art’s Comment: This tanto, along with its Koshirae, has passed our special inspection.
It appears to have been well maintained for a long time; the nakago is well cared for.
The same is true for Dewa Sadatsuna’s work, which also exhibits a clean
and well-maintained nakago. The blade shows a well-placed Hamon,
resembling the surface of a clamshell. The characteristic of
Ishu works is the rounded Gunome Midare, not a monotonous pattern,
but with activity within the blade. This is a distinct feature of Ishu pieces.
The Koshirae is for both the tanto and the wakizashi.
The wakizashi also has a good shape and is an excellent work. Please take good care of it.

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NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
NBTHK Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price:1,500,000 JPY-.

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