Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae and Sword stand(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Naniwa ju Gassan Sadakazu Seitan kore
Meiji 31 nen 4 gatsu Hi (April 1898)
The blade was polished
Blade length : 71 cm or 27.95 inches.
Sori : 0.2 cm or 0.07 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.30cm or 0.90 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.62 cm or 0.63 inches.
Kasane : 0.48 cm or 0.18 inches.
Era : Meiji 31 year (1898)
Shape : Straight Shinogi Tsukuri blade.
Marunume. There are engraving on both side.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. Beautiful Jigane.
Hamon : Nie Deki Suguha with deep Nioikuchi.
Special feature : Sadakazu the First who went by the name of Yagoro was born in 1836 at Hikone
in Koshu province, present Shiga pref. He became an adopted son of Gassan Sadakichi who was a swordsmith lived at Osaka.
Sadakazu started to learn when he was eleven years old and continued forging after the Meiji Government administered
a law to forbid wearing the sword in 1876. He forged this katana immediately after the Russo-Japanese War of 1904‐05.
He was approved as a Teishitsu-gigeiin, a Craftman to the Imperial Household in 1906 and received a command to forge a gunto
for the Emperor Meiji in the next year. Sadakazu passed away in 1918, aged 84.
The First Sadakazu had been constant in his devotion to forge sword all his life. Everybody respected him for the nobility of his mind.
His character appears on his works in every corner especially on their meticulous attended tang to the file pattern.
Sadakazu’s second son, Sadakatsu was also a famous swordsmith. Sadakatsu’s third son succeeded the name Sadakazu
as the Second wrote the saya-gaki on the shirasaya. He was approved an important
intangible cultural assets known as Ningen-kokuho in the postwar Japan.
This sword had been kept at Shurine or temple or private treasure.
The Horimono(engrave) is quite nice well engraved and perfect condition.
Korekazu made this sword for his best energy and spirit.
Koshirae : Kindai.
Tsuba :On the syakudo nanako plate, some family crests are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira :On the syakudo nanako plate, some family crests are engraved with gold color.
Saya : On the Nashiji some family crests are painted by gloss color.
Menuki : Tennyo is engraved by syakudo plate with gold color.
Sword stand: Size: H17cm x W25cm x D10cm(H6.69inches x W9.84inches x D3.93inches).
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.