Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Showa 18nen 8 gatsu Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku
Sumiyoshi Daijin Goshinpo Tachi Yoko
Explanation: The blade was made by Gassan Sadakatsu.
The blade was made for the Sumiyoshi temple as treasure sword.
the left over Tamahagane was used for making this sword.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword Gassan Sadakatsu belongs to Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by very high ranking polissher.
Habaki :gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 68.3 cm or 26.88 inches.
Sori : 2.0cm or 0.78 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.04 cm or 1.19 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.13cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.68cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Showa 18th war time.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick
with long kissaki nice looking shape.
Jigane : Masame hada tightly with jinie attach and long chikei work along with masame hada.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare and togari gunome midare.
Special feature :assan 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 tight Masame hada with long chikei work along with masame hada.
On the nakago, the blade was made for the temple sumiyosi and left over Tamahagane was used for this sword.
It means that the blade was made by Gassan Sadakatsu by his full power.
We recommend thes Masame hada nice sword.
Saya : Black roiro saya.
Tsuba : On the round shape iron saya, some design is engraved open work.
Menuki : a cow is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira : On the syakudo plate, flower is engraved with gold color.
back ground of the history:1938 August 2nd, American Torpedo boat
captain John F, Kennedy fought with Japanese Destroyer Amagiri and injured.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.