Katana : Kaga Jyu Ryosanshi Masamine Sakuno/Kanoe Uma Year February
Ordering number : 15264
Katana in Shirasaya (National Treasure)
Signature : Kaga Jyu Ryosanshi Masamine Sakuno
Kanoe Uma Year February (1990)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saki)
This sword belongs to Saijyosaku ranking.
The blade has top quality polish
Habaki : Gold and Shakudo double habaki.
Blade length : 73.0 cm or 28.74 inches.
Sori : 2.5 cm or .98 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.37 cm or 1.32 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.44 cm or 0.96 inches.
Kasane : 0.90 cm or 0.35 inches.
Era : Modern Period
Shape : It is wide and thick deep Sori
Jitetsu : Itame hada well grained with Jinie attached. It is clear jigane.
Hamon : Nie Deki deep Nioiguchi. Gunome midare iwh burned.
There is sungashi works appearing. Round end boshi.
Special feature : Sumitani Masamine, born Sumitani Yoichiro in 1921 was a swordsmith in Ishikawa pref.
Major in mechanical engineering and graduated from Ritsumeikan university in Kyoto,
he entered the researce institute of Japanese sword on the campus in 1941 and learned under Sakurai Masayuki,
the Second son of a famous swordsmith Sakurai Masatsugu.
After that he moved to Onomichi city in Hiroshima pref.
And learned forging and polishing sword at Kokoku Nihonto Tanren-Jo with his sworn brother Yokota Masamitsu.
In the postwar Japan, Masamine set up his own smithy named Sanryutei in 1956 and studied Bizen-den.
He forged special swords to dedicate the Ise-jingu shrine.
He became a Mukansa-tosho and a judge of the annual sword-making competition held by NBTHK in 1966.
In pursuit of Bizen-den, he completed especially choji-midare hamon called Sumitani-Choji.
He also studied old iron manufacturing in Kamakura period and reproduced classical texture of jitetsu.
He has made sword of Royal family such as Princess Mako and the Crown Princess Masako.
Masamine was designated one of a preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets,
popularly known as Living National Treasures in 1981. He passed away in 1998.
This katana is very strong looking and wide and thick strong katana that resembles the Kamakura peirod sword.
It is wonderful work.
It is rare national treasure work and we recommend this katana.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
Price : 2,200,000 JPY- (including shipping and 100% insurance fee)