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Katana, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Omi no kami Sukenao
[ Signature ] omote : "近江守助直"  ura : "寛文十二年八月日"
[ Size ] Blade length 69.9cm (2 shaku 3 sun 0 bu 6 rin), sori 1.4cm (4 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 3.11cm, moto-kasane 0.67cm, saki-haba 1.89 cm, saki-kasane 0.39 cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 1 out of two filled, blade weight 679.5g , shirasaya length 96cm, koshirae length 102cm
[ Period ] Edo, first half of. Kanbun 12(1672)
[ Province ] Omi (Settsu)

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Both kasane and mihaba are ordinal. Shallow sori attached. CHu-kissaki form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are suji-kais and kesho. Saki is iri-yama-gata. One out of two holes filled.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Rich jinie attached.
Hamon : Notare, gunomes mixed. Deep nioi and ashis appeared. Ko-nie attached well. Sunagashi appeared.
Boushi : It runs in sugu. It turns in komaru form.

[ Highlight ] Omi no kami Sukenao was born in Takagi, Omi Province, and learnt sword making under Echizen no Kami Sukehiro in Osaka. It is known that once he had completed his training, he returned to Takagi, as it has the inscription 'Takagi Residence' cut into it. The oldest dated work is from the 8th year of the Kanbun period, and the work that is cut with "Takagi Ju" is dated from around the Enpo period. This work, which is dated to Kanbun 12, is thought to have been made relatively early in the post-independence period. Well-balanced appearance as Edo period samurai attire. The blade has a deep 'nioi' with a 'ko-nie' and a relaxed, bright, curved notare blade pattern. Around Tenwa 2, when Sukenao was in his mid-40s, i.e. around the year of Sukenoh's death, he became Sukenoh's younger sister-in-law and assumed the name Tsuda. Sukenao thus came to settle in Osaka, and it is said that Tsuda's reputation was never diminished, and many of his fine pieces have been handed down to this day.

[ Conditions ] The blade skin is slightly rough around the 'mono-uchi' of the 'sashi-omote'. There is a slight sheath rubbing, but not enough to be noticeable. Slight scabbard rubbing, but not noticeable. It can be preserved and appreciated in its current state. The sheath is an Edo period 'roiro nuri-saya', and is shiny from the middle of the front to the 'saya-saki scabbard tip', but the front 'kuri-gata chestnut shape' area and the back have been naturally rubbed during putting the swords on 'taii-tou' and have changed to a matted appearance. The 'tsuka-ito handle thread' appears to have been rewound in relatively recent years, but this is a well-worn piece of equipment.

[ Attachments ] Habaki(suaka-ji, gold foiled, double), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae and NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper "特別保存刀剣鑑定書"(issued on 25th Feb. Heisei 31(2019))

[ Item number ] A061221 [ Price ] JPY 1,100,000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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