Katana:Bizen Osafune Yokoyama Sukekane Saku Kimi Banzai(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number: 21393
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature : Bizen Osafune Yokoyama Sukekane Saku Kimi Banzai
備前長船住横山祐包作 君万歳
Bunkyu Gannen 8 Gatsu Hi Tomonari 58 Dai Mago
文久元年八月日 友成五十八代孫

Shinshinto: Chu-Jyo saku: Bizen
Aoi Bijyutsu Syoshin saku NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token. swords museum.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku, Jyo saku, and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Copper Habaki
Blade length:68.6 cm or 27.0inches.
Sori:2.3cm or 0.90inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi:3.0 cm or 1.18inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.04 cm or 0.80inches.
Kasane:0.63 cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:685grams.
Era: The late Edo period
Shape: Koitamehada is very fine to look like plain. Elaborate Jigane.
Jigane: Long Suguha from Hamachi. After that Chojimidare with tight Nioikuchi. Ashi and Ha work in Hachu. Boshi turns back round.

Special Feature: Yokoyama Sukekane the 1st from Bizen was making swords energetically in around the Bunkyu era, the Edo period. His original name was Yokoyama Shunkichi. He was said to be a pupil or a son in law of Yokoyama Sukemori, who was a son of Ise Kami Sukehira, who was a pupil of Satsuma Motohira. His first Mei was Shunkichi. He was married with a sister of Sukenaga. He makes Chojimidare of Bizenden, which indicates the characteristics of the school, as well as other smiths in the school. This work is a typical Bizen Fukko-to(revival sword), and we can imagine why he had engraved “Tomonari 58 Dai Mago” on Nakago. He was one of the 3 greatest and oldest sword smiths in Japan.(other two: Hoki Kuni Yasutsuna and Yamashiro Kuni Sanjo Shotanji Munechika)

From Aoi Art: This work was made by Yokoyama Sukekane the 1st. He had made unique Chojimidare, so to speak “Yokoyama Choji Midare”. Jigane and Hamon are really great for Sukekane, so we truly recommend this masterpiece for you.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta.

Price:900,000 JPY-.

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