Ordering number: AS20144
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper for the Katana and Tsuba)(consignment sale)
Signature: Osaka Ju Gassan Sadakatsu Kin Hori Dosaku
Showa 10 Nen 9 Gatsu Kichijitsu
Explanation: Osaka Ju Gassan Sadakatsu made this sword and also engraved Horimono. at 1930, September lucky day.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to the Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by highest polishing was done
by one of the best polisher.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Gassan Habaki.
Blade length : 68.0 cm or 26.77 inches.
Sori :2.0 cm or 0.78 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.78 cm or 1.09 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 1.9 cm or 0.74 inches.
Kasane : 0.64cm or 0.25 inches.
The weight of the sword 580 grams.
Era: Showa 10th (1930)
Shape: The blade is regular width thickness
with deep spore and regular Kissaki.
There is an engraving of a dragon, Bo-Hi, and Dokko.
Jigane : Clear Ayasugi Hada.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Suguha with Ashi. The habuchi is soft.
There are fine Kinsuji and Sunagashi.
Boshi is a 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
Saya : Black Roiro Saya, Tsuzumi is painted with gold Makie.
Tsuba : Round shape iron Tsuba, waterfall viewing is engraved with gold color.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper: Mumei Hikone)
Menuki : Shakudo, the flower is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako, a person is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: This blade is a masterpiece of Gassan Sadakatsu.
The engraving is so nice. The Ayasugi Hada with Suguha Hamon is well balanced. We expect future price increases as an investment.
Koshirae is wonderful. The polishing was done by the highest-ranking polisher.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Tosogu
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.