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Katana : Bizen Kuni Osafune Jyu Sukesada Saku

Ordering number : 13396

Katana in Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon paper)

Signature : Bizen Kuni Osafune Jyu Sukesada Saku.

The blade was polished.
Habaki : Single copper plate habaki.
Blade length : 72.3 cm or 28.46 inches.
Sori : 2.6 cm or 1.02 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.31 cm or 1.30 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.3 cm or 0.90 inches.
Kasane : 0.82 cm or 0.32 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick with deep sori healthy blade.
Jitetsu : Itame hada with mixture of mokume hada with jinie attach and small chikei work. Utsuri appear and blackish jigane.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare and chyoji midare mixed.
Ashi yo well attached and there are sunagashi works appearing.
Boshi is hakikake style.

Special feature : In the Muromachi period, Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen province had been prospered under the protection of the Akamatsu family.
Above all, Bizen province has turned out a great many talented swordsmiths.
Supplying the demand of the Age of Provincial Wars in Japan, a large number of swords were made there in the late Muromachi period.
Sukesada has become a synonym for the Osafune School though the founder was Mitsutada.
It is regrettable that a deluge devastated the School in Osafune districts in Tensho era.
Such is the way of the world that even the Osafune School, that prosperity and power had been unparalleled, perished in this way in the deluge.
Old swords are all that is left to tell how once the swordsmiths lived.

Koshirae :
Tsuba : On the rather large round iron Tsuba, 2 animals and plant design are engraved in openwork.
Fuchikashira : On the Iron plate, dragonfly is engraved with gold color. Kashira : Horn
Saya : Black ishimeji style saya.
Menuki : On iron plate, cascade is engraved and inlayed with gold.

NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price (credit card) : JPY 650,000-.
Price (bank transfer) : JPY 637,000-. (Would you please pay bank transfer fee.)
(including shipping and 100% insurance fee)