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Q412. Katana with Hozon Paper to Ishido Morihisa

$3,750 + Shipping & Insurance

Q412.  Suriage, mu-mei katana.

Nagasa:  27 9/16"  70 cm.

Sori:  1.5 cm.

Moto haba:  3.2 cm.

Moto kasane:  .75 cm.

Saki haba:  2.1 cm.

Saki kasane:  .45 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  7 3/4"  19.7 cm.

Overall in shirasaya:  39"  100.3 cm.

Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, koshi zori, chu kissaki.  The hada is a tight itame and is covered in utsuri.  The hamon is ko-choji gunome midare with sunagashi, kinsuji, ashi, and other hataraki, all in a consistent nioi-guchi covered in sparkling ko-nie.  The boshi is sugu nijuba eding in a swept ko-maru with a short kaeri.  This sword is flawless.  It is mounted with a gold foil habaki (excellent condition) in competently made shirasaya without defect.  There is a Hozon paper from the NBTHK in Tokyo, dated 2014 and giving the blade to Ishido Hata Morihisa.

Morihisa (who went by the priest name Toren late in his life) was a smith in the Edo Ishido School; he came out of the group of smiths associated with Mitsuhira.  The Ishido School worked in the style of old Bizen; they are known for their choji hamon and utsuri, but with a quieter boshi and tighter hada than those of the earlier Bizen smiths.  The working period for Morihisa is about Kanbun (1660); he is rated Chu Jo Saku in Fujishiro and Wazamono for the sharpness of his blades.  This is an exceptionally well made blade and I know my photos don't do it justice.  I am often told by my customers that they like a piece much more than they thought they would from my pictures; I'm sure that will be the case here.  2 pounds, 14 ounces.  $3,750.

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