New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINSHINTO SATSUMA HOKI WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD, DATED KANSEI 5 (1793), SIGNED HOKI (NO) KAMI TAIRA ASON MASAYUKI
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 6 sun, 3 bu (49.4cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.3cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 0.95cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): tight wood grain (ko-itame).
Tempering pattern (hamon): wide with irregular waves (gonome notare) in nie.
Point (boshi): large brush (hakikake) within a largely tempered boshi (ichimai).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): tapering, with curving bottom, ubu and with a dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): reversed slanted (katte-sagari); end (nakagojiri): iri-yamagata; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katana-mei): Hoki (no) Kami Taira Ason Masayuki.
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 361195, Showa 53 (1978); and a koshu tokubetsu kicho token certificate, no. 17081, Showa 53 (1978), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
John Yumoto, San Francisco, California
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