Ordering number : 18223
Katana in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)(Consignment Sale)
Signature : Kotaishi Denka Otanjobi Kinen
Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku (Kao)
Showa 8 Nen 12 Gatsu Hi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gassan Habaki.
Blade length : 68.31 cm or 26.89 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.90 cm or 1.14 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.79 cm or 0.70 inches.
Kasane : 0.66 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Showa 8 year (1933).
Shape : Regular width and thickness Katana with large Sori.
Jigane : clear Ayasugi Hada with Jinie attach. There are Chikei.
Hamon : Suguha deki with thick Nioikuchi.
There are small Ashi around the Monouchi part.
Boshi is round shape.
Special feature:Gassan Sadakatsu was born as the second son
of the First Gassan Sadakazu in 1869.
Sadakatsu was a representative swordsmith
of Taisho to early Showa period. He was an amazing swordsmith
to make all of Soshu-den, Bizen-den and Yamato-den.
Especially his distinctive Ayasugi-hada inherits the tradition
that has been continued from the Kamakura period still lives
on in gendai swordsmiths. Under his famous father Sadakazu the First,
Sadakatsu forged only a few swords inscribed his swordsmith name
until the death of Sadakazu in the late Taisho era. Gadakatsu put
all his energies into making his own sword after 1920’s as a purveyor
to the Imperial Household, special swords to dedicate the Ise-Jingu shrine,
accepting orders by high dignitaries. He tempered sword with sincere and faithful
attitude in conformity with Shintoism.
Under that he trained many excellent swordsmiths.
His two most excellent pupils,
one was his real son the Second Gassan Sadakazu
and the other was Takahashi Sadatsugu,
were designated as preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets,
popularly known as Living National Treasures.
Sadakatsu passed away in 1943, aged 74.
From Aoi Art: This Gassan Sadakatsu blade was made in Showa 8 year(1933).
The blade has clear Ayasugi Hada. The Hamon has thick Nioikuchi.
Histrical backfround: On December 23rd, 1933, crown Prince Akihito was born.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.