Katana:O O-yoshi Shuji Shi Ju Tame Chakunan Katsumi Yasutake Kore
Katana in Shirasaya
Signature : O O-yoshi Shuji Shi Ju Tame Chakunan Katsumi Yasutake Kore (Wo) Tsukuru.
Showa 43 Nen 8 Gatsu Kichijitsu.
The blade is polished, with a silver habaki, in a shirasaya.
Blade length : 74.2cm or 29.21inches.
Sori : Sori: 2.6cm or 1.02inches.
Blade weight: 1,040g.
Width at the hamachi : 3.37 cm or 1.33inches.
Wide at the Kissaki : 2.26cm or 0.89inch.
Kasane : 0.8cm or 0.31inch.
Era : Showa period. August 1968.
Shape : A magnificant shinogi-zukuri katana, chu-kissaki, iori-mune.
Horimono: Bonji, Sanskrit characters are carved on the front side on the shinogi.
Hamon : Nie-deki. Gunome-midare undulates with sunagashi and long kinsuji. Ashi extend to the edge.
Special feature : Yasutake, born in Yamagata pref. in 1909 is known as a Yasukuni-tosho who was a pupil of Ikeda Ikko. Yasutake enterd the Nihon-to Tanren Kai in1935.
After the Second world war, he resumed forging sword in 1954. In 1970, Yasutake and Sakai Hiroshi forged a collaboration tanto for a centenary of the Yasukuni Shrine. In 1973, Yasutake forged a tachi to dedicate the Ise shrine. In 1981, he finally became a Mukansa-tosho. He passed away in 1983.
Yasutake fogred this splendid katana in the postwar Japan accepting a custom order based on his excellent technique improved as a Yasukuni-tosho.
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