Echizen Yasutsugu (fss-855)

This is a good example of the 3rd generation Yasutsugu.  The quality of this sword is very good and has no flaws.  It was a family sword that was mounted in WWII for the war.  It was mounted with an antique tsuba and antique menuki.  This is not common and adds an interesting detention to the mounts.  The blade has good activity and the hada/grain is very rich and dark looking. This sword is in full polish and is in a shirasaya.  The mounts are held together with a wooden tsunagi.  The sword comes with papers from the Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) ‒ NTHK from Japan (Japanese sword preservation society).

Info on smith:
YASUTSUGU (康継), 3rd gen., Kanbun (寛文, 1661-1673), Musashi – “Yasutsugu nanban-tetsu o motte Bushū Edo ni oite kore o saku” (康継以南蛮鉄於武州江戸作之, “made by Yasutsugu with nanban-tetsu in Edo in Musashi province”), real name Shimosaka Umanosuke (下坂右馬助), he adopted later the first name Ichinojō (市之丞), son of the 2nd gen. Yasutsugu, he was not of age when his father died and so a succession dispute arouse which resulted in the splitting to an Edo and an Echizen branch of the Yasutsugu school, it was settled that both were allowed to call themselves 3rd gen., according to tradition he was fully trained by his uncle and he worked later for the bakufu, we know date signatures from the third year of Kanbun (1663) to the third year of Enpō (延宝, 1675), he worked in the style of the 2nd gen. but did not reach his quality, he signed the left radical (糸) of the character for “tsugu” in the variant (糹) and the frame of the right radical (米) in an angular manner (乚), jō-saku

  • Mei: [Mitsuba aoi-mon] Yatsugu nanban o motte (ika-kire (「三葉葵紋」康継以南蛮「以下切」) –
    “[Three-leaves Aoi crest] Yasutsugu, using nanban-tetsu (rest cut off)”
  • Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s)
  • Nagasa: 26-1/2 inches
  • Sori: 15.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 31.5 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 21.7 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.2 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish

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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
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Asking price: $5,800.00

(shipping and insurance included)

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Kantei-sho (鑑定書) ‒ Appraisal

Echizen Yasutsugu (越前康継)

Shōshin (正真) ‒ Authentic
nagasa 2 shaku 4 bu kore ari (⻑さ二尺四分有之) ‒ Blade length ~ 61.8 cm

Heisei 31 nen 3 gatsu 1 nichi (平成三十一年三月一日) ‒ March 1, 2019

Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) ‒ NTHK

No 18694
meibun (銘文) ‒ Signature:

kitae (鍛) ‒ Forging:itame

hamon (刃紋) ‒ Hardening:suguha

bōshi (鋩子) ‒ Hardening in tip:sugu with a ko-maru-kaeri

chōkoku (彫刻) ‒ Engravings:

[Mitsuba aoi-mon] Yatsugu nanban o motte (ika-kire) (「三葉葵紋」康継以南蛮「以下切」) ‒ “[Three-leaved Aoi crest] Yasutsugu, using nanban-tetsu (rest cut off)”

nakago (中心) ‒ Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 4, yasurime (鑢): katte-sagari

bikō (備考) ‒ Remarks: around Enpō (延宝, 1673-1681)

shinsaʼin natsuʼin (審査員捺印) ‒ Seals of Judges: 4 seals

Tim Strominger  want $4500

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