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Wakizashi, Shirasaya
KATÔ Tsunatoshi
[ Signature ] omote : "於江府長壽斉綱俊" ura : "文久三年三月日"
[ Size ] Blade length 47,2cm (1 shaku 5 sun 5 bu 7 rin), sori 0,7cm (2 bu 3 rin), moto-haba 2,88cm, moto-kasane 0,65cm, saki-haba 2,22 cm, saki-kasane 0,62 cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 2, blade weight 583g , shirasaya length 75,5cm
[ Period ] Edo, end of. Bunkyû 3 "文久三年" (1863)
[ Province ] Musashi (Edo)

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Mihaba is relatively wide. Kasane is more or less thicker. There are few differences between moto-haba and saki-haba. Shallow sori attached. Chû-kissaki extended sturdy form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are ô-suji-kais and keshô. Saki is shallow kuri-jiri. Two holes.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Fine jinie attached.
Hamon : Nioi-based with sugu-ha tone. Ko-gunomes-"ha"s mixed. Nioi-kuchi is in distinctive. Ashis and mura-nie appeared.
Boushi : It runs in sugu, shallow notare-gokoro mixed. It turns in komaru.

Children of KATÔ Kanshirô Kunihide (official Yonezawa clan's swordsmith) were Suketarô Tsunahide and Hachirô Tunatoshi. Elder brother Tsunahide singed as Tsunahide "綱秀" as well. In Tsunahide school, there were AKAMA Tsunanobu, KOYAMA Munetsugu and others. The characteristics of Munetsugu's work were more resemble to Tsunatoshi than Tsunahide, so that there was a view Munetsugu learned under younger brother Tsunatoshi. Younger brother Tsunatoshi, who created this sword, was born in Kansei "寛政" 9(1797). He was called Chô-un-sai "長運斎". There were swords which created at Azabu, Edo from Bunsei "文政" 6(1823). In Ansei 1(1854), he succeeded his name Chô-un-sai to his second son Koretoshi, called himself Chô-jyu-sai "長寿斎". By the way, his first son Gosaburô was adopted to scabbard metier NISHIO family in Sendai clan. From Ansei "安政" onward, Tsunatoshi and Koretoshi co-created some swords. As pupils of Tsunatoshi, there were TAKAHASHI Naganobu, SEKIDÔ Korekazu, Seiryûken Moritoshi and others. A nephew of Tsunatoshi, Masatarô married into a family of sixth generation SEKIDÔ Korekazu. He succeed to the name of seventh generation Unjyu-sai Korekazu. KATÔ Tsunatoshi school was so flourished in Edo. It was said that they got higher reputation than Suishinshi school in Bizen-den especially. Tsunatoshi was died at sixty six years old in official residence of Uesugi clan at Azabu Itakura on 5th December Bunkyû 3(1863) .

Referenced materials : Kanzan tôken kôza vol. 3, "寒山刀剣講座 第三巻", by Tôwa-kai, Ô-tsuka kô-gei sha, Shôwa 55(1980); Nihontô zenshû vol. 4, by SHIBATA Kazuo,SUMI Kenzô, 1967 first edition /1980 10th copy ; Nihontô kôza vol. 6, audited by HONMA Kunzan and SATÔ Kanzan, Yûzankaku publishing Heisei 9(1997)

[ Highlight ] Some books show the year of death of Tsunatoshi in Bunkyû 2. However, this sword has time stamp nenki-mei Bunkyû 3, so that it was considerable the sword created last in his life. Tsunatoshi was good at dô-ran-bas and chô-ji-midare. The hamon of this sword is distinctive nioi-kuchi suguha with several variety of changes, such as ko-gunome-ha mixed, partly mura-nie attached. Well grained ko-itame-hada also shows its excellent characteristic.

[ Conditions ] Around monouchi of omote, jigane of closer to ha, there is about 2.5cm long vertical kitae-kizu. Rest maintains excellent conditions.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, silver foiled, gold coloured, single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya and NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper (issued on 21st July Heisei 28(2016))

[ Item number ] A061117 [ Price ] JPY 290.000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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