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Katana, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Sasshu Masayoshi
[ Signature ] omote : "知天命薩摩官工秩父末葉平正良造之" ura : "天明五己八月"
[ Size ] Blade length 71,0cm (2 shaku 3 sun 4 bu 3 rin), sori 1,6cm (5 bu 2 rin), moto-haba 3,25cm, moto-kasane 0,64cm, saki-haba 2,31 cm, saki-kasane 0,48 cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 741g , shirasaya length 101cm, koshirae length 102cm
[ Period ] Edo, second half of (Tenmei(天明) 5(1785))
[ Province ] Satsuma

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Mihaba is wide. Kasane is ordinal. There is relatively more differences between moto-haba and saki-haba. Chû-kissaki extended form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are katte-agari. Saki is iri-yama-gata. One hole.
Jigane : Itame-hada, something like masame or flown patterns and mokume mixed. Rich and strong jinie attached. Kawari-gane similar to chikei mixed.
Hamon : Ô-gunomes-midare, togari-bas mixed. Deep nioi appeared. Nioi-kuchi is distinctive. Nie attached well. Aranie mixed. Kin-sujis, ara-sujis and sunagashi appeared. Along yakigashira, yubashiri appeared.
Boushi : It runs with small midare-komi. Then, its top shows more or less sugu shape. Saki runs in haki-kake.

Masayoshi was born in Kyôhô"享保" 18(1734). He called himself Jiemon. He was a chid of second generation IJICHI Masayoshi. He succeeded third generation (Masayoshi). His first signature "初銘" was Masayoshi "正良". He was appointed as an official swordsmith of Satsuma clan. In Kansei "寛政" 1, when he was made Hôki-no-kami, he changed his signature Masayuki "正幸". He published his book about swords creation. He was also famous as swords creationg teacher. He represented Satsuma swords in first half of Shin-shin-tô era. He deceased 86 years old in Bunsei "文政" 1.

黒蝋色塗鞘薩摩打刀拵 : 竹虎図鐔(無銘 知識 / 鉄磨地 肉合彫 金象嵌 小透 銀布目象嵌耳)、竹虎図目貫(赤銅地 容彫 金色絵)、水飲虎図縁頭(赤銅石目地 高彫 毛彫)、正絹御納戸色糸諸撮巻柄
Kuro-ro-iro nuri-zaya Satsuma uchigatana-koshirae : bamboo and tiger (také-tora) (no signature (Chishiki)) / iron polished, shishi-ai bori, gold inlay, ko-sukashi, silver nunome inlay edge mimi ), bamboo and tiger (také-tora) menuki (red copper shakudô, katach-bori, gold iroe), water drinking tiger fuchigashira (red copper shakudô, ishime-ji, taka-bori, ke-bori) , silk o-nando-iro moro-tsumami-maki zuka


Referenced materials : Japanese sword course Vol. 6 Shinban Nihontô kô-za dai 6 kan "新版 日本刀講座 第六巻" audited by HONMA Kunzan, SATÔ Kanzan, Yûzankaku publishing, Heisei 9(1998) ; 51th important swords designation directory, dai 51 kai jyû-yô tôken zufu "第五十一回重要刀剣図譜", NBTHK, Heisei 17(2005)

[ Highlight ]
Magnificent and wide mihaba form, terrificly nie attached jigane, ô-gunome-midare with distinctive nioi-kuchi, aranie attached, kisujis, ara-sujis, and sunagashis appeared and twined in ha. The sword is a memorial one, made during Masayoshi's 50 years old, Tenmei "天明" 5 (1785). The signature include that as resign himself to fate "知天命", official swordsmith "官工" and his hereditary title name Taira "平". It was noteworthy that there were examples his ancestors put the signature hereditary title name Fujiwara "藤原". This sword has must check historical value in order to have Masayoshi's study. This sword is carried on Japanese sword course vol.4 On appreciation, Shi-tô Nihontô Kôza 4 kantei hen Shin-tô "日本刀講座 四 鑑定編 新刀" by KÔZU Hiroshi, Yûzankaku Publishing, Shôwa 12(1937), page 66 and Complete compendium of swords images Tô-ei teki-roku KÔZU Haku oshigata zen "刀影摘録 神津伯押形 全", NBTHK and Tôken shunjyû shinbun-sha Shôwa 59(1984), page 1.094.


[ Conditions ] Highest rank polishment has been done. Koshirae was made recently also. Uchigatana koshirae with regular features which is using Satsuma fittings made and coordinated by current first-class craftmen.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (double ; uwa-gai : pure gold, family crest (cross in the circle) openwork sukashi ; shita-gai : copper suaka-ji, gold foiled ), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae, bag of tsuka. Sword : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper (issued on 5th April Heisei 6(1994)), Tsuba : NBTHK Hozon Tôsôgu paper (issuded on 19th February Heisei 13(2001)), Menuki : NBTHK Hozon Tôsôgu paper ( issued on 11th May Heisei 28(2016))



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