Ordering number: AS21452
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Ryosanshi Masamune kore wo tsukuru
/Kanoe-Saru Nen Hachigatsu hi
Explanation: The blade is made in August 1980.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length: 32.2 cm or 12.67 inches.
Sori: 0.2 cm or 0.07 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 3.04 cm or 1.19 inches.
Kasane: 0.46 cm or 0.18 inches.
The weight of the sword: 220 grams.
Era: modern times(1980)Showa 55.
Shape: Wide and thick Mitsumune style Sunnobi Tanto.
There are Bo-Hi on both sides of the blade.
Jigane: Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach.
There are faint Utsuri appears.
Hamon: Ko Nie Deki, Choji Midare with thick Niokuchi.
There are many Ashi. Boshi is Midarekomi small round shape.
Special feature: Sumitani Masamune, born Sumitani Yoichiro in 1921 was a swordsmith in Ishikawa pref. Major in mechanical engineering and graduated from Ritsumeikan university in Kyoto, he entered the research institute of Japanese sword on the campus in 1941 and learned under Sakurai Masayuki, the Second son of a famous swordsmith Sakurai Masatsugu.
After that, he moved to Onomichi city in Hiroshima pref. And learned forging and polishing swords at Kokoku Nihonto Tanren-Jo with his sworn brother Yokota Masamitsu.
In postwar Japan, Masamine set up his own smithy named Sanryutei in 1956 and studied Bizen-den. He forged special swords to dedicate the Ise-Jingu shrine. He became a Mukansa-tosho and a judge of the annual sword-making competition held by NBTHK in 1966.
In pursuit of Bizen-den, he completed especially choji-midare hamon called Sumitani-Choji. He also studied old iron manufacturing in Kamakura period and reproduced the classical texture of jitetsu. He has made swords for Royal family such as Princess Mako and the Crown Princess Masako.
Masamine was designated one of the preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets, popularly known as Living National Treasures in 1981. He passed away in 1998.
This blade is wide and thick, wonderful shape Sumitani Ichimonji.
From Aoi Art: Sumitani Masamine is a Living National Treasure, excels in Bizen, and has a good reputation for its copy of Koto.
This blade is a masterpiece, a copy of Kanemitsu. The Nioikuchi is thick and Utsuri appears.
Recently, the works of Living National Treasyrehave not come out easily. We would definitely recommend it. In addition, the blade has passed the NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon.