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An Echizen Katana
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An Echizen Katana

SIGNED YASUTSUGU MOTTE NAMBAN TETSU (NI) OITE BUSHI E ...(EDO) (THE REMAINDER CUT AWAY), EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

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An Echizen Katana
Signed Yasutsugu motte Namban tetsu (ni) oite Bushi E ...(Edo) (the remainder cut away), Edo Period (17th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri
Kitae [forging pattern]: flowing itame with fine jinie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with komidare, kinsuji, yubashiri and long sunagashi merging into niju-ba and sanju-ba
Boshi [tip]: hakikake and komaru, with deep midare-moki on the omote with long kaeri
Nakago [tang]: suriage with two holes, kiri tip, sujigai file marks
In shirasaya
Habaki [collar]: single, copper-gilt
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 71.7cm.
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Lot Essay

Accompanied by a Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preserving] certificate no.324768, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] on 11 July 1990.

The first generation Yasutsugu is believed to have originally used the signatures Sadakuni and Shimosaka, having originally come from the village of Shimosaka in Omi Province. He was retained by Matsudaira Hideyasu, the son of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, and later also by Ieyasu himself. He worked in both Edo and Echizen using the name Yasutsugu granted by the Shogun, but from the second generation the family split into two branches in Edo and Echizen, continuing for several generations. This blade is by the second generation working in Edo.
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