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A Yasutsugu Katana in Mounts and a Yasunaga Katana in Mounts
A Yasutsugu Katana in Mounts and a Yasunaga Katana in Mounts

EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY), THE FIRST SIGNED YASUTSUGU MOTTE NANBAN TETSU OITE BUSHU EDO SAKU KORE AND WITH CHRYSANTHEMUM CREST, THE SECOND SIGNED KAWACHI NO KAMI MINAMOTO YASUNAGA

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A Yasutsugu Katana in Mounts and a Yasunaga Katana in Mounts
Edo period (17th century), the first signed Yasutsugu motte Nanban tetsu oite Bushu Edo saku kore and with chrysanthemum crest, the second signed Kawachi no kami Minamoto Yasunaga
The first:
Sugata [configuration]: naginata-zukuri
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame mixed with mokume in ji-nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome-midare in nie with ko-ashi, chikei, ara-nie and uchinoke
Boshi [tip]: midare-komi
Horimono [carving]: Buddhist ken on the omote; naginata-hi on the ura
Nakago [tang]: ubu with o-sujikai file marks and one hole
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 27 7/8in. (71cm.)
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 1 3/8in. (3.4cm.)
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 1¼in. (2.7cm.)
Habaki [collar]: single, gold
In shirasaya [wood storage scabbard]

Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising a red, black and grey-lacquer saya finished on the surface with cloud patterns, the saya hardware including kojiri, seme-gane, kuri-gata all iron with shakudo and gold dragons in clouds, the tsuka wrapper with blue silk and mounted with iron fuchi-gashira carved with a wood pattern and decorated with shogi game pieces in gold hira-zogan, the menuki gold dragons, the iron mokko tsuba with a heavy raised rim decorated with clouds and waves in gold nunome and carved on the web with clouds in shishiai-bori, signed Toryu Masahisa koku and kao

The second:
Sugata [configuration]: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, torii-zoi, ko-gissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame, the shinogi with masame mixed in ji-nie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: ko-midare in nie with ashi, yo and sunagashi
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Nakago [tang]: ubu with sujikai file marks and one hole
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 25 5/8in. (65cm.)
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 1¼in. (3cm.)
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 5/8in (1.7cm.)
Habaki [collar]: single, silver with "cat-scratch" pattern

Koshirae [set of mounts]: comprising a black-lacquer ishime-ji saya with a band of baleen at the koiguchi and mounted with a shibuichi kojiri formed as noshi papers and a ring kurikata, the tsuka wrapped in yellow silk and fitted with copper fuchi-gashira carved with bamboo and the menuki shakudo and gold tigers, the circular copper plate tsuba decorated with a tiger on a rock by a stream in taka-bori and gold taka-zogan
The first with Tokubetsu hozon tosogu (Sword-fitting particularly worthy of preserving) certificate no. 200221, dated 1986. 9.20 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword) for the mounts

The second with Hozon token (Sword worthy of preserving) certificate no. 306361 issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1986.6.20, for the blade (4)
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