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Tanto: Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku (Kao)


Tanto in Shirasaya, with Koshirae in Kiri Box(NBTHK Hozon paper)

Signature : Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku (Kao)
Taisho 15 nen 3 gatsu kichijitsu (Lucky day March 1926)

Hakogaki: Omamori Katana
Signature: Osaka Junin Gassan Sadakatsu Kinsaku (Kao)
Blade length is 22.8cm. Taisho 15 nen 3 gatsu kichijitsu (Lucky day March 1926)
Legitimate grandson Sadatoshi(Kao)

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 22.8 cm or 8.97 inches.
Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 1.88cm or 0.74 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Taisho period (Lucky day March 1926).
Shape : Rather thick and slim Tanto.
There are Bo-Hi and Futasuji-Hi on the blade.
Jitetsu : Koitame had well grained with Jinie attach mugi style.
Hamon : Nie Deki, Gunome Midare with thick Niokuchi.
Boshi is round shape.

Special feature : Gassan Sadakatsu was born at Meiji 2nd year(1869).
He was a son of the great sword maker Gassan Sadakazu.
First generation Sadakazu was obliged to spend very hard time because
of Haito rei (decree banning the wearing of swords)a lot of sword makers closed their business.
But after several years later, decree banning the wearing of swords was changed
and they are permitted to to make swords. From that point,
he started to make swords and finally he became Teisitu Gigei in (imperial practical art member)
He was skillful to make any kind of school like Soshu, Bizen, Yamato,
Yamashiro and Ayasugi style Jigane and also engraving.
Especially his Ayasugi hada was overwhelming popularity and bang the bush.
Sadakatsu helped his father as Daisaku of his father's sword.
After he was died (Taisho 7th year age 83 years) Sadakatsu succeeded Gassan school.
He built a factory at Showa 10th in Nara prefecture.
He made a lot of swords for imperial household, army and navy officers and citizen.
He made swords and also Tanto both well balanced nice shaped items.
This Tanto is nice shape and has wonderful Gunome Midare Hamon.
The Koshirae has also nice gold lacquer.

Koshirae :
Fuchikashira :Koikuchi: Kojiri: Black horn, butterfly, mantis and dragonfly with gold lacquer.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya, cicada, spider, beetle and butterfly with gold lacquer.
Menuki : Shakudo, cicada is engraved with gold color.

NBTHK Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : JPY 1,450,000-.