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Hisamichi Katana & Koshirae
An elegant ubu katana signed, Edagiku (chrysanthemum & branch) Omi no Kami Minamoto Hisamichi / Kan'en san nen uma ni gatsu hi (a day in February 1750 [year of the] horse). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 3 sun (69.695 cm. / 27.439"). Motohaba: 2.56 cm. Sakihaba: 1.83 cm. Kasane: 5.7 mm. A long yakidashi becoming an even chu-gunome, gunome togare, o-gunome midare, togare, with gunome separating into double gunome in places. Fine ko nie, sunagashi, deep and wide ashi iri, fine kinsuji, nado. Mishina boshi with some fine hakikaki. O-itame nagare near the machi, becoming more compact moving forward, and nagare prevalent toward the ha. Profuse ji nie giving the metal a wet appearance. Profuse chikei, nado. The shinogi ji is masame. Mounted in shirasaya with silver foil habaki, NBTHK Hozon kanteisho.
This is likely a gassaku (collaboration or joint work) by the first and second generation Hisamichi. However, there are also daisaku works extant.
The shodai Hisamichi has a sharpness rating of Ryowazamono. Rated Josaku in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, valued at 4,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan by Tokuno, five pages of illustrations in Shinto Taikan. Hisamichi was from Yamashiro, and along with Yoshimichi, Kanemichi, and Kinmichi, a member of the Mishina school, all of whom made the classic Mishina boshi. He was one of the Kyogo Kaji, Five Smiths of Kyoto.
The nidai Hisamichi has a sharpness rating of Wazamono, is rated Chujosaku in, Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, valued at 3,800,000 yen in Toko Taikan by Tokuno, three and a half of illustrations in Shinto Taikan. The niidai Hisamichi was the son of Kinmichi, and the adopted son of Tamba no Kami Hisamichi. His works are mostly gassaku with his adoptive father.
There are gassaku and daisaku works. These were signed with the Edagiku. Gassaku (collaboration or joint work), daisaku are swords produced by a student in their teachers or fathers style, with full permission, these are often signed by the teacher rather then the student.
The koshirae: the saya is black ishime; the tsuka is wrapped in blue ito, with iron fuchi kashira decorated with peonies in gold and copper; the menuki are gilt shishi. The tsuba in a Momoyama Heianjo brass inlay of stirrups, grasses, and copper dew drops, there are tekotsu. $7,500
Edagiku Omi no Kami Minamoto Hisamichi / Enpo san nen uma ni gatsu hi
NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho
Shinto Taikan Shodai - Noting Daisaku Nidai
Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen Shodai Nidai
Toko Taikan Shodai