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Katana: Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kin Hori Dosaku


Katana in Shirasaya with box (NBTHK Hozon paper)

Signature : Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kin Hori Dosaku
(he engraved the Horimono by himself)
Taisyo Hinoe tora Nen 11 Gatsu Kichijitsu (November 11th, 1926)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 69.6 cm or 27.40 inches.
Sori :1.8 cm or 0.70 inches.
Mekugi :1
Width at the hamachi : 2.42 cm or 0.95 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.67 cm or 0.65 inches.
Kasane : 0.55 cm or 0.21 inches.
Era : Taisyo 15th (1926)
Shape : The blade is slender with deep sori and engraved deep dragon horimono
on the front and on the back, Hokohata and bo-hi are engraved.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautihul nice texture.
Hamon :Niedeki sakasa cyoji midare and boshi is round shape.

Special feature: Gassan Sadakatsu was born as the second son of the First Gassan Sadakazu in 1869.
Sadakatsu was a representative swordsmith of Taisho to early Showa period.
He was an amazing swordsmith to make all of Soshu-den, Bizen-den and Yamato-den.
Especially his distinctive Ayasugi-hada inherits the tradition
that has been continued from the Kamakura period still lives on in gendai swordsmiths.
Under his famous father Sadakazu the First, Sadakatsu forged only a few swords inscribed
his swordsmith name until the death of Sadakazu in the late Taisho era.
Gadakatsu put all his energies into making his own sword after 1920’s
as a purveyor to the Imperial Household, special swords to dedicate the Ise-Jingu shrine,
accepting orders by high dignitaries. He tempered sword with sincere and faithful attitude
in conformity with  Shintoism. Under that he trained many excellent swordsmiths.
His two most excellent pupils, one was his real son the Second Gassan Sadakazu
and the other was Takahashi Sadatsugu, were designated as preservers
of Important Intangible Cultural Assets, popularly known as Living National Treasures.
Sadakatsu passed away in 1943, aged 74.
This sword is very active and fantastic hamon and also marvelous Horomono.
The blade will be good investment in the future.
Because Gassan sadakatus with Horimono is very precious and rare item.

NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 2,300,000-.