(Settsu) Masataka (fss-631)
The sword forging produced a very tight itame with some mokume covered in ji-nie. The hamon is a wavy gunome choji with much activity to be seen. There is abundant sunagashi, kinsuji and a beautiful nioi –guchi.
The koshirae is covered with the tokugawa mons with a floral motif highly engraved. The lacquer emulates a cherry bark design. The hangers with leather straps are exquisitely designed and a rarity to behold. These mounts are complete and are in excellent condition.
The only thing we would recommend is to have us make a new shirasaya and tsunagi to preserve the sword and mounts as is for years to come.
MASATAKA TENRYÛSHI [TENPÔ 1830 SETTSU] SHINSHINTÔ CHÛSAKU
Even though he is said to be the chakushi of Ozaki Suketaka, in actuality, he is his grandson. In the Shintô Meishûroku he is listed as the son of Tomosaburô Takashige. I think that it was erroneously transferred to sword books at a later date. He was in Settsu around Tenpô, and he later moved to Kyoto. His works are mostly kanmuri otoshi, hamon is sugu nioi shimari, excellent works are few.
– OZAKI GENGO MASATAKA
– TENRYÛSHI MASATAKA
– OZAKI NAGATO NO SUKE FUJIWARA MASATAKA
– FUJIWARA MASATAKA
– OZAKI NAGATO NO KAMI MAGO
– TENRYÛSHI MASATAKA TSUKURU
– KEIÔ YONEN NIGATSU HI
– ROKUJÛNANASAI SAKU KORE
The Ozaki Nagato no Kami is Suketaka, and there are two stories that say that he is the grandson and the son, but actually, the “MAGO” here leaves no room for argument, and calculating from the age of the soemei, this smith was born in Kyôwa Ninen (1802), and this was when his grandfather Suketaka was 55 years old
Taikon/ Sword book references:
Tokotakan: P. 559
Hawleys: Mas 962
Efu no tachi, also called Hoso tachi, were likewise only worn by the highest ranking daimyo and officials of the court. Efu tachi have a shitogi tsuba. These are generally considered ceremonial mountings rather than combat mountings. Efu (Hoso) tachi were made from Koto through Showa times.
Special order in a small Sanuki provence (Shikoku) by, title (minamoto go fujiwara) Masataka.
Date: Bunsei Ju Ni Nen Ju ichi Gatsu Kisho Jitsu made 1829, november on a “very good day”. Please note that the way Masataka signed and dated this blade is apparently extremely rare, so this is a “Special order Sword”
- Nagasa: 27 3/8 “
- Sori: 18.0mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 28.0mm
- Width at the yokote: 18.9mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.2mm
- Construction: shinogi zukuri
- Mune: iori
- Nakago: ubu
- Kitae: itame/mokume
- Hamon: gunome/choji
- Boshi: maru
- Condition: excellent polish
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