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Bizen Sukekane & Koshirae
A long wakizashi mounted as an uchigatana, signed, Bizen Kuni Osafune Yokoyama Sukekane Saku. Dated, Kaei san nen hachi gatsu hi (August 2, 1850). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki. Hawatare: 1 shaku 6 sun 9 bu 6 rin (51.4 cm / 20.23") Motohaba: 2.68 cm. Sakihaba: 1.91 cm. Kasane: 6 mm. A long tapering yakidashi leading into an exuberant saka choji midare in nioi deki. Deep ashi and yo. The jigane is a moist tight itame. The boshi chu-maru with a longish kaeri. High quality gold foil habaki. Certificates from both the NBTHK (hozon) and Shibata Mitsuo. Rated chujo saku in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, valued at 2,500,000 yen in Tokuno's Toko Taikan, Illustrated in Shinshinto Taikan, rated with a double square in Nihonto Meikan.
Mounted in shirasaya with sayagaki by Kanzan Sato. "Bizen Osafune Yokoyama Sukekane Saku. Kaei san nen hachi gatsu hi. Wonderful choji midare. The length of the blade is 1 shaku 6 sun 9 bu. Kanoe Inu (1970) shiwasu (end of December) a lucky day. Kanzan Shi." The reverse side has not been translated.
Accompanying koshirae. The tsuka is lacquered leather with external menuki of birds in silver, gold and shakudo on one side, and a gold boat with rough silver waves on the other. The fuchi-kashira are iron Edo Higo with gold and silver nunome. The sukashi iron tsuba is a phoenix. ribbed saya with an elaborate Edo Higo iron kojiri.
Bizen Kuni Osafune Yokoyama Sukekane Saku. Kaei san nen hachi gatsu hi
Iron Phoenix Tsuba
Edo Higo Kokiri
Shibata Mitsuo Kanteisho
Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen.
Shinshinto Taikan (two of four pages)