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A Satsuma Katana
A Satsuma Katana

SIGNED SASSHU JU ICHINOHIRA FUJIWARA YASUARI, AND DATED JI MEIWA SAN HEIJUTSU (1766)

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A Satsuma Katana
Signed Sasshu ju Ichinohira Fujiwara Yasuari, and dated Ji Meiwa san heijutsu (1766)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iorimune, chu-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: Ko-itame mixed with mokume, muji and some large nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: Hiro-suguha at upper part and hoso-suguha at lower part in slightly notare with some large nie
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru with imozuru
Nakago [tang]: ubu, kurijiri file marks higaki with one hole
Habaki [collar]: double, gilt-copper
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard], the sayagaki by Homma Junji (Kanzan)
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 69.8cm.
Sori [curvature]: 2.2cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.05cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.1cm.
With a certificate of registration as the 15th Juyo token (Important Sword) no. 2188 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword), 1967.2.10

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PUBLISHED:
Sato Kanzan, ed., Satsuma-to meisaku shu (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon kyokai, Kagoshima branch: 1970), no. 87, p. 55 and 70.
_____, ed., Kusanagi daisha oshigata zen (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon kyokai, Kyoto branch: 1973).
_____, Kanzan oshigata shinto jiten (Tokyo: Otsuka Kogeisha, 1990), no. 628, p. 343.
Iimura Kasho, ed., Shinto taikan vol. 2, (Token Bijutsu Kogeisha: 1976), pp. 504-5


The sword smith is the son of Sasshu Kiyofusa and he became the adopted son of Ichinohira Yasuyo. There are few of his swords left. This sword is of typical Satsuma shinto style.
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