Ordering number: 18509
Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : Houki-kami Ason Masayuki Kansei 2nen Inu 2 Gatsu
(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 : Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length : 70.6 cm or 27.8 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.71 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.28 cm or 1.29 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.59 cm or 1.02 inches.
Kasane : 0.6 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Edo period Kansei era
Shape : Wide and thick sword with a deep Sori and a large Kissaki, it looks very robust. Bohi are carved into both sides.
Jigane : Beautiful blackish Jigane, well Koitame-hada with Jinie.
Hamon : Nie-deki, deep Nioikuchi, Gunome-midare which is pointed in places. Kinsuji and Sunagashi apparent.
Special Feature : The swordsmith was an apprentice of Masachika, he changed his smith name from Masayoshi to Masayuki when he received the title of Hoki-kami at the 1st year of Kansei era.
Most of his swords are Soshu tradition and Shizu-like, and have a kind of Kinsuji called Imozuru.
Like Suishinshi Masahide a swordsmith in Edo city, Masayuki wrote some books regarding swordmaking and educated many young smiths.
He worked until he died at the age of 87 years old.
From Aoi Art : Hoki-kami Masayuki and Motohira were notable swordsmiths in Satsuma province during Shinshinto period, they left many fabulous swords.
The shape of this sword is really nice and looks very sturdy, and the sword displays many typical characteristics of Masayuki swords; Sunagahi, Kinsuji, Yubashiri, blackish Jigane, thick Jinie, deep Nioikuchi, and partially pointed Gunome-midare.
Not only that, the way the signature inscribed is rare, it’s inscribed after the Bohi is carved.
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Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.