Ordering number : 14874
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature :Bishu Osafune Sukesada.
Genki 3 Nen 8 gatsu hi (August 1572)
The blade was made at 1572 August.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :Silver single habaki unusual design.
Blade length : 68.2cm or 26.85 inches.
Sori :1.7cm or 0.67 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.12cm or 1.23 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.35 cm or 0.93 inches.
Kasane :0.69 cm or 0.27inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period. 1570.
Shape : The blade is small suriage and Machiokuri
but the whole signature is mentioned. the blade is wide
and thick with deep sori and longer
kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane :Itame hada nad mokume hada mixed
with jinie attach and chikei work.
Utsuri appear on the Jigane.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha with thick nioikuchi and yo worrk.
Boshi is hakikake style.
Special feature:n the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had been prospered
under the protection of the Akamatsu family. Above all, Bizen province has turned out
a great many talented swordsmiths. Supplying the demand of the Age of Provincial Wars in Japan,
a large number of swords were made there in the late Muromachi period. Sukesada has become a synonym
for the Osafune School though the founder was Mitsutada. It is regrettable that a deluge devastated
the School in Osafune districts in Tensho era. Such is the way of the world that even the Osafune School,
that prosperity and power had been unparalleled, perished in this way in the deluge.
Old swords are all that is left to tell how once the swordsmiths lived.
From Aoi Art: This sword has passed almost 45o years.
The blade is called as Mass productive item
but this blade is healthy without kizu and active wild feeling hamon.
We hope you can enjoy the Jigane, Hamon and also utsuri.
Back ground of the age that the sword was made.
1572 Genki 3rd Kakugyo Hasegawa climbed Mt Fuji.
1572, Genki 3rd July Oda Nobunaga attacked Asai Nagamasa in Oumi province.
NBTHK Hozon Token.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.