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Orikaeshimei Sada(mune) Hirazukure, slight sakizori, mitsumune. Hawatare 8 sun 1 bu 5 rin (24.68 cm / 8.72"). Hamachi: 2.02. Kasane: 4.77 mm. Suguba konie deki, there are small gunome and sunagashi in slight ayasugi pattern in the ha. ha nie, kinsuji, nado. The jigane is a pronounced masame, that is slightly wavey. The masame turns upward in the boshi. The boshi is maru with hakikaki. Recent polish by Woody Hall, Robert Benson deshi, and winner of a NBTHK polishing contest. Mounted in American shirasaya, with a one piece gilt habaki. This has never been to shinsa.
The Hosho was one of the five schools of Yamato, starting in mid-Kamakura times. Kunimitsu is credited as being the founder, but since none of his works are extant, Sadamune is generally accepted as the founder, followed by Sadayoshi, Sadatsugu, Sadazane. The early works are pure masame, that becomes a little wavy and rougher in the later generations. Hadaware (separations along the forging pattern) are common. The masa tends to turn upward in the boshi. This Yamato blade exhibits all the characteristics of Sue Hoshu school. $3,900
The hada in the kissaki turns upward.
Slightly Wavey Masame Hada