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A beautifully preserved signed Shinto Katana that has incredible workmanship and a beautiful gunome/midare hamon with utsuri. This blade is ubu and signed Bitchu no kami yasuhiro. A spectacular collection of activity with Sunagashi, Kinsuji, chikei and much more. Ji-nie and utsuri can be seen. An exquisite blend of most Bitchu style activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the Shinto tradition. The condition of this Shinto piece is incredible as can be seen in the pictures. A very robust Hamachi and Munemachi can be found. It is in a very beautiful polish with a very nice set of matching koshirae. The pictures not do justice to this sword. The hamon is very nicely done with a thick nioi-guchi that flares up here and there.. It has many hataraki and ko-nie appear. The hada is very well forged with a very oily appearance of swirling itame with mokume. The boshi is ko-maru with and a bit longish . This Shinto Katana is signed and papered also has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very pronounced. The mounts are very high end and add to the overall value of this sword. The fittings are a deep shakudo in flower motif with gold highlights and have a traditional Samurai appeal. They look and display very well. Overall this is a fine Japanese Katana. The Fuchi is shakudo nanako and is accentuated with gold flowers. The Kashira is matching to the Fuchi. The menuki are a combination of a floral design. The same has a very nice patina and shape to the knodes. The habaki is an exquisite 2-piece with gold finish. The tsuba is iron with shakudo rim and gold dots that accentuate the design. The saya is a combination of color with crushed seashell to be seen. The shitidome are also gold in color to match. The tsuka-ito and Sageo are black to contrast the unique shape and color of the rayskin.
The mounts are of very good quality from tsuka to saya. The floral theme of the menuki beautifully finish the tsuka and saya with a black sageo with a traditional black samurai style wrap. The saya is an exquisite multi combination of lacquer with the sparkle of seashell suspended within.The floral motif of the menuki was often used as a theme for Asian art. Mythological subjects and auspicious symbols were sometimes used as motifs for Japanese sword furniture. Motifs could stand alone as designs unto themselves, particularly if they had seasonal or symbolic associations, but they were also used as decorative patterns surrounding or backing more pictorial motifs such as this. The habaki a beautiful 2-piecein gold. The tsuba is iron and of floral work with shakudo rim.
This is a wonderful signed BItchu sword for a collector who wishes to view and study the multitude of activity within a these blades! This is a 1st class koshirae for a well deserved sword in the distinct samurai style. The blade also comes with shirasaya.
- Mei: Bitchû no Kami Yasushiro
- Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s)
- Nagasa: 27-1/8 inches
- Sori: 18.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.7 mm
- Width at the yokote: 18.6 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.1 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Midare Gunome
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $8,800.00
Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-716.
This is the temporary work sheet from the shinsa with a picture of the nakago. When we receive the final kantei-sho/papers they will be mailed to the new owner. Please note that the sword received a high grade at 76 points. This paper was issued before the sword was freshly polish.
Ôsaka, Bitchû no Kami Yasushiro, shôshin (正真) – Authentic
nagasa 2 shaku 2 sun 7 bu kore ari (長さ二尺二寸七分有之) – Blade length ~ 68.8 cm Heisei 27 nen 5 gatsu 17 nichi (平成二十八年二月二十七日) – February 27th 2016
Non Profit Organization (特定非営利活動法人)
Nihon Tôken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK
Board Chairman (理事長): Miyano Teiji (宮野貞司)