Ordering number: AS22603
Katana: In Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Inscription (Mei): Sa Yukihide Tsukuru kore
In the book by Mr. Kunzan “Kanto Hibisho Zoku” p 668
Shinshinto: Jojosaku: Chikuzen
Sayagaki(translation) Made by Sa Yukihide, fine work. The lenght: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 4 Bu. Written by Kunzan in August of 1976.
At our company, we classify swordsmith works into categories based on their quality: Finest, Excellent, Fine, and Ordinary. This piece’s quality ranks it as an Excellent work.
Habaki: Double Habaki, one copper Habaki with gold foil, the other solid gold (very probably). The solid gold part weighs 23g. (It seems 18 karat)
Blade Length: 71.0 cm (27.95 inches)
Curvature: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)
Peg Hole: 1
Width at Base: 3.26 cm (1.28 inches)
Width at Tip: 2.2 cm (0.87 inches)
Thickness: 0.79 cm (0.31 inches)
Weight: 875 grams
Era: Edo period, around the Kaei era (1848-1854)
Shape: This piece boasts a solid width and thickness, a prominent initial edge, and a healthy curvature, making it a well-proportioned piece with a deep curve and an extended tip.
Jigane: The itame hada (wood grain pattern) is well-forged, resulting in a refined jigane (forging texture) with beautiful skin.
Temper Pattern (Hamon): A nie-laden hamon enters the mists of the soft smoky jigane, with activities of sunagashi (sand-like lines) and kinsuji (golden lines). At first glance, the hamon may evoke thoughts of Sōshū Norimitsu. The hamon widens, and the bōshi (temper at the tip) curves in a distinctive manner.
Special Features: Sa Yukihide is known by his pseudonym Toyonaga Kyūbei. He used the name Chikuzen Sashimon and became a student of Shimizu Hisayoshi after moving to Edo. He produced numerous exceptional works and was also known for creating blades with false signatures. His craftsmanship is outstanding, with a morning mist-like hamon that excels. His works are ever-enchanting.
From Aoi Art: Genuine works by Sa Yukihide are few, and his high-quality works attract the attention of many sword enthusiasts. The habaki likely contains an 18-karat gold overlay with a family crest design. Authentic works by Sa Yukihide are scarce, making this piece highly recommended. This work is documented on page 668 of Mr. Kunzan’s “Kanto Hibisho Zoku.” Among Sa Yukihide’s works, this piece stands out for its exceptional craftsmanship and the excellence that can easily be mistaken for ancient swords.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token Paper
Aoi Art Estimation Paper: Whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta
Auction starting Price:3,000,000 JPY-.