Ordering number : 16555
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Osaka Ju Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku
Kouki 2603 Nen 11 Gatsu Kichijitsu
The blade was made at 1943 November lucky day.
(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 by good polisher.
Habaki :silver single habaki.
Blade length : 23.1cm or 9.09 inches.
Sori : 0.0 cm or 0.0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.21cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or inches.
Era : Showa 18th(1948)
Shape : The blade is thick like Yoroidoshi style
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach and kinsuji work.
Hamon :Niedeki suguha with rather thick nioikuchi and double hamon.
Boshi is round shape. The Hamon is bright and sharp.
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.
This sword was made before 1 or 2 months from his death.
Probably he tried to do the best for making this Tanto.
Koshirae : Aikuchi koshirae.
Saya :black roiro saya.
Fuchikashira: Black Horn.
Menuki: Silver, Noshi design(paper emblem used in gift giving kind of ceremony) is engraved with gold color.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.