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Katana:Hizen Koku Yoshikane(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token) (Consignment Sale)

Ordering number:AS24257

Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token) (Consignment Sale)

Signature: Hizen Koku Yoshikane
肥前国吉包  

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.
This sword is ranked as Jyojyo Saku for Hizen Koku Yoshikane.
Polished.
Habaki: Silver single layer.
Blade Length: 70.4 cm (27.72 in).
Curvature: 2.0 cm (0.79 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base: 3.26 cm (1.28 in).
Width at Tip: 2.26 cm (0.89 in).
Thickness: 0.74 cm (0.29 in).
Sword Weight: 885 grams (1.95 lbs).
Era: Edo period, around Keio era.
Shape: The blade is wide and thick with a deep curvature and an extended tip.
The sword is in excellent condition with an ubu-ha (unsharpened part) of about 3 cm.
Jigane: Fine ko-itame hada with visible chikei.
Hamon: Nie-deki suguha with a deep nioiguchi and small ashi.
The boshi has a deep nioiguchi and returns round.

Features: Hizen Koku Yoshikane was a disciple of the 8th generation Tadayoshi and is known as the last Hizen swordsmith.
His workmanship is excellent, reminiscent of the 8th generation Tadayoshi.

Aoi Art’s Comment: Hizen Kuni Yoshikane continued making swords until the first year of the Meiji era.
Due to the Haitorei Edict, he had to give up sword-making, likely leading to the end of his career.
His excellent workmanship is attributed to following the 8th generation Tadayoshi.
The beautiful jigane and the deep nioiguchi suguha with small ashi are outstanding.
The reason why this work is not listed in Fujishiro's Shinto Hen is likely due to the Haitorei Edict.
In my opinion, this is undoubtedly a top Hizen work, and I highly recommend it.
It is a remarkable piece that I would like to introduce to everyone.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole Oshigata.

Auction Starting Price:800,000 JPY-.

The item was sold at the auction