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Ozaki Suketaka Wakizashi
A late work by Ozaki Suketaka. The wakizashi signed, Ozaki Nagato no Kami Suketaka, and dated Kyowa san nen hachi gatsu hi (August 1803), two years before his death in 1805. Hawatare: 1 shaku 5 sun 2 bu 58 rin (46.06 cm / 18.13") Motohaba: 2.7 cm. Sakihaba: 2.19 cm. Kasane: 6.9 mm. Notare midare in ko nie, hataraki, kinsuji, sungashi, nado. Itame with jinie and chikei. He is rated as josaku in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, valued at 4,500,000 yen in Tokuno's Toko Taikan. There are mismatched set of menuki, one an excellent iron and silver tiger, the other a copper monkey. The fuchi-kashira are copper, and slightly damaged. The tsuba, a modern iron plate. The faded condition of the polish makes good photographs difficult. There is a great deal going on in this blade which a polish will bring out. This is out of the woodwork, and has never been to shinsa.
Because of the similarity to the work of Tsuda Sukehiro, many of Suketaka swords have been renamed by merchants over the years to benefit their bottom line. $2,800