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Q405. Katana with Kin Zogan Mei of Sa and Paper to Suye Sa

$4,875 + Shipping & Insurance

Q405.  Osuriage katana with kin zogan mei: Sa.

Nagasa:  25"  63.4 cm.

Sori:  1.1 cm.

Moto haba:  3.1 cm.

Moto kasane:  .8 cm.

Saki haba:  2.7 cm.

Saki kasane:  .6 cm.

Kissaki nagasa:  8 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  7 1/8"  18.2 cm.

Overall in shirasaya:  35 3/8"  90.4 cm.

Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, 0-kissaki, there are bo hi on both sides that run through the nakago.  The hada is ko-itame ko-mokume with jinie & chikei.  There are instances of coarse masame (tending towards tight ware' above and inside the hamon, see my last picture).  The hamon is ko notare suguba with ample variations showing sunagahi & kinsuji in fine ko nie.  The boshi occupies most of the kissaki and is quite complex, but the polish of the kissaki leaves a lot to be desired and the boshi is hard to make out clearly.  There is a short to medium length kaeri.  The rest of the polish is quite nice.  The blade is mounted with a copper habaki and in a well made shirasaya in good condition.  There is a Tokubetsu Kicho paper from the NBTHK dated 1968 and giving this to Suye Sa (later Sa School).

O-Sa was one of the 10 students of Masamune; the work of his students is known as Sa School.  This sword is broad and thick, and the o-kissaki is most impressive.  There is a lot to like here.  2 pounds, 11 ounces.  $4,875.

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