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  Oki Sadayuki Moku Tsuba


A large well forged iron tsuba with great tekotsu, signed Sadayuki Saku.   8.87 cm x 8.77 cm x    Moku means the shape of a gourd or squash cut in cross section.  This tsuba not only has the outline of a squash, but the pattern of the inside of the fruit as well.  There were two generations of Oki Sadayuki, sword smiths, working in Kaga, and who worked about twenty-years apart.  Circa early 19th century.  Ref.  Haynes The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists H 07929.0.  NTHK kanteisho.  Boxed.                                                  $1,250