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Katana :Echizen Koku Shimosaka Sadatsugu (37th NBTHK Juyo Token)

Ordering number: 24009

Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae (37th NBTHK Juyo Token)

Signature: Echizen Koku Shimosaka Sadatsugu
越前国下坂貞次

Shinto: Jyo Saku: Echizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.)
This work is ranked as Saijyo Saku for Echizen Koku Shimosaka Sadatsugu.
Habaki: Silver single layer
Blade Length: 2 shaku 3 sun 4 bu 0 rin (70.9 cm, 27.91 in)
Curvature: 5 bu 5 rin (1.67 cm, 0.66 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.92 cm (1.15in)
Width at Tip: 2.07 cm (0.81in)
Kasane: 0.7 cm (0.28in)
Sword Weight: 740 grams
Era: Early Edo period, around Kanei era
Shape: Slightly wide width with standard thickness, deep curvature, and slightly extended kissaki
Jigane: Well-forged koitame with chikei, showing high-quality jigane
Hamon: Nie-deki gunome-midare with deep nioiguchi and well-inserted ashi, with a deep kaeri in the boshi

Features: Echizen no Kuni Shimosaka Sadatsugu was said to be the son of Kanetsune of Ichijo and a student of the first-generation Echizen Yasutsugu. He was a swordsmith in Echizen during the Kanei era of the Edo period, and many of his works resemble those of Yasutsugu, often featuring impressive carvings on the blade.
This piece can be considered the finest work of Echizen no Kuni Shimosaka Sadatsugu, featuring a splendid hamon characteristic of the vibrant Shinto period, with well-working ashi and a deep, soft nioiguchi. The exceptional polish further enhances the quality of this work.

Koshirae: Bright brown
Tsuba: Circular shakudo nanako-ji with dragons engraved on both sides and highlighted with gold
Signature: Kamata Kazusa no Suke Mitsunari
Fuchikashira: Shakudo nanako-ji with dragons engraved and highlighted with gold
Menuki: Slightly larger shakudo nanako-ji with dragon designs in high relief
Seppa: Two layers of copper base with pure gold, using 18k gold to create a space that maintains a gap between the sword and the fittings, a method thought up by people of the Edo period.

Aoi Art’s Comment: This is an excellent Juyo Token by Echizen no Kuni Shimosaka Sadatsugu, with well-crafted koshirae. Highly recommended. This Katana is listed on page 715 of "Nihonto Zuikan - Shinto Hen" by Ginsaku Kataoka.
There are some minor scratches, so we will remove them before delivering the item.

37th NBTHK Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole Oshigata

Price:3,600,000 JPY-.

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