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Tanto : Mo Houcho Masamune Naotane (kao)/Ikkansai Zo (Kazama Ikaknsai Shigetsugu)


Tanto in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature : Mo Houcho Masamune Naotane (kao)
Ikkansai Zo (Kazama Ikaknsai Shigetsugu)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Kazama Ikaknsai Shigetsugu belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 24.8 cm or 9.76 inches.
Sori : 0.2 cm or 0.07 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.591.41 cm or inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.06 cm or 1.20 inches.
Kasane : 0.61 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : War Time
Shape : It is wide and thick solid tanto.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached. It is clear jigane.
Hamon : Nie deki gunome midare with mixture of Choji midare.
Boshi is midare komi(mixed up) style.

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.
This sword is said to be imitation sword of Taikei Naotane with Masamune.
It is very rare work. It is solid knife like wrok with mixture of gunome midare and choji midare.
Deep nioiguchi is appearing with sunagashi and kinsuji works.

Historical background : War time.

NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 500,000 JPY-