Katan : Sanryu Masamine Saku No National/Heisei 5 Nen 8 Gatsuhi
Ordering number : 14133
Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae
Signature: Sanryu Masamine Saku No National human treasure.
Heisei 5 Nen 8 Gatsuhi (1993 August)
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 68.8 cm or 27.08 inches.
Sori : 1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Width at the hamachi : 3.40 cm or 1.33 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.20 cm or 0.86 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Gendai period.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick with double hi both sides of the blade.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach and small chikei work wonderful texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare with thick nioikuchi and ashi work and also sunagashi Kinsuji .
Special feature : Sumitani Seiho was born Ishikawa prefecture at Taisho 10th year. For the first stage he must maintain his father's old well established company but he was very interested in making Japanese traditional sword. So he entered the Universuty of Ritsumeikan and studied about machine engineering and during his study the university established sword making Tanrenjyo (laboratory of making swords) and learned from Sakurai Masayuki.
After graduated the university, he moved Hiroshima Onomichi district and worked at Nihonto Tanrenjyo (making sword factory) After the wold war, he made his own factory(Tanrenjyo) at Showa 28th (1953) and made many swords especially old Kamakura or Nanbokucho style swords. He finally made Sumitani Choji midare sword by his own Tatara. At Showa 56, he finally got the title of National treasure (human national treasure)
Also he got the title of Masamune soy prize (the top ranking sword maker) and after that he became a member of NBTHK administration officer. He was ordered to make a sword for Ise shrine treasure which is the most prestigious assignment. His sword will be in good condition until permanently stored in the Ise shrine as shrine's treasure.
This sword is elegant shape without kiss and flow nice jigane and also marvelous active hamon.
Tsuba : Hexagon iron Tsuba
Fuchikashira : On the copper plate, some pattern is engraved,
Saya : Black colored Saya.
Menuki : A horse is engraved on copper plate.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price (credit card) : JPY 1,600,000-.
Price (bank transfer) : JPY 1,570,000-. (Would you please pay bank transfer fee.)
(including shipping and 100% insurance fee)