N105. Nicely Mounted Gasaku Katana by Yokoyama Sukekane
N105. Katana signed Bizen Osafune no Ju Yokoyama Sukekane, Tsuki Sukehiro, and dated Genji Gannen San Gatsu Hi (a day in March of 1864).
Nagasa: 27 3/8" 69.4 cm.
Sori: 3/4" 1.9 cm.
Nakago Nagasa: 20.5 cm.
Nakago Sori: slight
Moto Haba: 3 cm.
Moto Kasane: .8 cm.
Saki Haba: 2 cm.
Saki Kasane: .55 cm.
Overall length in koshirae: 40" 101.5 cm.
The hamon, after a short yaki-dashi, is variations of clumped choji worked in a consistent nioi-guchi covered in bright ara-nie (incredibly strong nie). The boshi is o-maru with a medium long kaeri. The hada is ko-itame.
Sukekane was one of the leading lights of the Shinshinto Bizen Yokoyama group. This sword is gasaku (jointly made) by Sukekane and Sukehiro, a student of Sukenaga. What is quite unusual is that the mekugi-ana is punched only half way through the nakago (possible shrine dedication sword?). The tsuka, which is made to be a tight fit on the nakago, has a hole in only the one side also.
The blade is flawless (no kizu of any type) and with the exception of a few scuffs and scratches it is in polish. The saya is perfectly intact except for one small ding to the lacquer at the ko-jiri. The koi-guchi, fuchi, and kashira are en suite shakudo carved in kata kiri-bori and inlaid with gold. The menuki are shakudo and gold and the tsuka-ito is in excellent condition. The tsuba is iron with brass inlay, some of which is missing. The habaki is a nicely done double silver foiled.
My last 3 pictures are oshigata: 1 from Fujishiro and 2 from Nihonto Zuikan. This signature looks spot on to me.
A wonderful sword; I'm quite happy to have it on my site. 3 pounds. $7,950.
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