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Katana: Bishu Kuni Ju Osafune Hikobei Sukesada


Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Bishu Kuni Ju Osafune Hikobei Sukesada.
Eisyo 3 Nen 8 Gatsu Kichijitsu,
(The blade was made at 1506 Eisho era by Hikobei Sukesada. August lucky day.)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.

The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade length : 65.1 cm or 25.6 inches.
Sori : 2.6 cm or 1.02 inches.
Mekugi : 1 
Width at the hamachi : 2.74 cm or 1.08 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.85 cm or 0.73 inches.
Kasane : 0.72cm or 0.28 inches.
Era : Muromachi period Eisyo era. (AD1506)
Shape : Elegant shape Katana with balanced width and thickness.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach with straight Utsuri appear.
Homarekizu (scar of honor) on Ji.
Hamon : Nie-deki Suguha small Ashi working. Boshi softly turn round shape

Special feature : Bishu Kuni Ju Osafune Hikobei Sukesada is father of Yozaemon Sukesada. Many swords smiths worked at late Muromachi period. Hikobe Sukesada is the most sillful master and he was ranked as Saijosaku Owazamono.
Most high ranked Bizen swords are signed with each own Zokumyo (name), then 'Bizenkoku' signature, then 'Nishu' signature.
Hikobe Sukesada is said he leaned many special techniques from his father.
It became difficult to find the blade with Zomumyou singed so we recommend this sword.
Homarekizu (scar of honor) let us imagine how the battle was done with this sword.

Hystorical background : Eisho revolt happened at Kanto and Hokuriku area on AD1506.

Koshirae : Tachi style Koshirae.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Arabesque pattern engraved on Shakudo plate.
Fuchikashira and Kojiri : Arabesque pattern engraved on Shakudo plate.
Menuki : Moon engraved on Shakudo plate with gold color.

NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : 1,250,000 Yen