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Katana: Shigetsugu saku Oite Touyama Mitsuru Outei Nai Kokuin


Katana in Shirasaya

Signature: Shigetsugu saku Oite Touyama Mitsuru Outei Nai Kokuin
Showa 12 nenn 11gatsut hi

The blade was polished.
Habaki: Single silver habaki
Blade length : 66.7cm or 26.27inches.
Sori : 1.6cm or 0.63inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.98cm or 1.17inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.96cm or 0.77inches.
Kasane : 0.63cm or 0.25inches.
Weight of only blade:575g
Era : Showa period.
Shape : There is a remaining of ububa(original ha).
It is rather wide and thick piece with kissaki rather long.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached.
There are delicate chikei work seen.
Hamon : Nie base gunome midare with mixture of shoji midare.
There are some fine ashi sunagashi and detailed kinsuji seen.
Boshi is irregular line.

Special feature : Shigetsugu has been named Kazama Ikkansai Shigetsugu.
He was born in Shizuoka prefecture in Meiji 19th year(1886)
and his real name was Kasama Yoshikazu hake chichimiya iri Ikkansai Shigetoshi.
On Meiji 36th year(1903) he moved to Tokyo. He has been a teacher at Nihonto
Teaching school of Kurihara Hikosaburou but Shigetsugu had an argument
with him and left the school job. Afterwards at Showa 10th year(1935) Kasama
became a wordsmith in Touyamatei nai Tokiwamatsu Kenkyuusho
and became a chief smith. He has made quite an amount of swords at that time.
Shigetsugu has made swords for Imerial House Departments and won many prizes
such as Best qualified winner of the prize at Imperial Academy Art Exhibition.
He is much famous for his name and for teaching Tsukamoto Okimasa
and Miyairi Shouhei, who has become the human national treasure.
He passed away in Showa 40th year(1966) at the age of 80.
Touyama MItsuru, born in late Edo period Ansei 2nd tear,
was the head of Pan-Asianism and chief of Genyosha(A political organization
which had Pan-Asianism in the center of there actions.)
until his death at Showa 19th year(1944). At Showa 10th year(1935),
he made Touken Study Hub and relied the sword making to Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu.
This piece is made at Higashiyama Manji mention
which is an imitated piece of ichimonji. It is fine work.

Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 800,000-.