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Katana, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Kajiyama Yasunori
[ Signature ] omote : "昭和十四年十一月吉日"  ura : "靖徳"
[ Size ] Blade length 62.6cm (2 shaku 0 sun 6 bu 6 rin), sori 1.0cm (3 bu 3 rin), moto-haba 2.99cm, moto-kasane 0.72cm, saki-haba 1.99 cm, saki-kasane 0.54 cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 666.5g , shirasaya length 88cm, koshirae length 100cm
[ Period ] Showa "昭和" 14 (1939)
[ Province ] Tokyo metropolitain area

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Both mihaba and kasane are ordinal. Hihg shinogi-suji attached. There are some differences between moto-haba and saki-haba. Shallow sori attached. Chukissaki form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are kiri. Saaki is shallow kuri-jiri. One hole.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Few grained patterns come to be appeared. Jinie attached.
Hamon : Notare, gunomes and ko-gunomes mixed. Ashi appeared frequently. Part by part, nie attached well.
Boushi : It runs in sugu form. Then, it turns in komaru shape. Saki is hakikake.

[ Highlight ] This is one of the Yasukuni swords produced for the purpose of "forging Japanese swords of the highest national quality, mainly for the maintenance of military swords for officers of the Army and Navy and their counterparts", and is the work of 58-year-old swordsmith Yasunori Kajiyama. It has an iron scabbard and is accompanied by an Army Type 98 military sword with field-use leather covering.

Yasunori Kajiyama, whose real name was Tokutaro Kajiyama, lived in Nikata-cho, Kamo County, Hiroshima Prefecture, and studied under his father, a swordsmith, and Sukeyoshi Yokoyama from an early age. On 8 July 1933, together with Miyaguchi Yasuhiro, he was one of the first technical members of the Nihon-to Tanrenkai and received a certificate from the Minister of Army, Araki Sadao, at the completion ceremony of the Yasukuni Shrine swordsmithing centre, where a ceremony was held to mark the commencement of swordsmithing. The Japanese Sword Forging Association consisted of three schools: the Yasuhiro school of the Kasama Shigetsugu lineage, the Kajiyama Yasutoku school of the Yokoyama Sukeyoshi lineage, and the Ikeda Yasumitsu school of the Ikeda Kazuhide lineage. Swordsmiths from different schools established advanced techniques through friendly competition under the guidance of Kozu Haku, a National Treasure examiner, Oyamada Shigezo, the Imperial Sword Officer, Yamaoka Shigeatsu and Kurata Shichiro, examiners of the Central Sword Society, with Bizen Nagamitsu and Kagemitsu of the late Kamakura period as their ideals. (Reference : "Yasukuni Sword - The Ultimate in Tradition and Beauty -" Tom Kishida, 2003, Yuzankaku)

[ Conditions ] There is slight light rust on the blade. Otherwise, the sword is in excellent condition.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, silver foiled, single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae, NBTHK hozon paper "保存刀剣鑑定書"(issued on 19th Feb. Reiwa 2(2021))

[ Item number ] A040123 [ Price ] JPY 750,000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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