YAMATO NO KAMI YOSHIMICHI KATANA (大和守吉道 ) AND BINGO MIHARA WAKIZASHI (備後三原) MOUNTED IN BEAUTIFUL DAISHO KOSHIRAE 110421

YAMATO NO KAMI YOSHIMICHI KATANA (大和守吉道 ) AND BINGO MIHARA WAKIZASHI (備後三原) MOUNTED IN BEAUTIFUL DAISHO KOSHIRAE 110421
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This is an outstanding daisho of beautiful blades and top quality koshirae that belonged to a high ranking Samurai during the Edo era. Both blades are in excellent condition and in beautiful polish.

DAI

This katana is the work of the first generation Osaka smith, Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi.  This smith was the second son of the first generation Osaka Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (丹波守吉通).  He is called Mishina Uzaemon and he worked around the Kanbun era (1661).  He is rated as a jôsaku smith (expert maker) and also has a classification of wazamono (his swords cut very well).  His work is very forceful and many aspects of it resemble the works of Kawachi no Kami Kunisuke.

Blade Description:

This katana is an exceptional example of his abilities.  It is a long sword measuring 29 1/16 inches or 71.2 cm of cutting edge.  The moto-haba (width at the base) measures 1.25 inches or 3.2 cm and the saki-haba (width at the point) measures 0.86 inches or 2.2 cm.  The kasane (thickness of the blade) is 0.32 inches or 0.8 cm.  The blade has a graceful torii sori (curvature) of 0.54 inches or 1.4 cm.  The nakago is ubu (unshortened) measuring 8.75 inches or 22.3 cm.

The jihada (grain of the metal) is a beautiful ko-itame.  There is masame above the shinogi-ji    which recalls the Mino origins of this group of smiths.  The hamon (temper-line) begins at the machi with Ôsaka yakidashi in that it starts fairly low and increases in a sloping manner as it continues up the blade.  It then becomes a wide and wild hamon consisting of nie and mixed with yahazu midare and hako midare. There is even chôji midare in places.  Also incorporated into the hamon are two areas resembling chrysanthemum flowers rising out of the hamon into the ji of the blade.  These can be seen in the photos below.  This was  a characteristic of this smith.  There is profuse nie throughout the hamon and pockets of nie (islands) in the jihada.  This blade will captivate you for hours.

The bôshi is slightly enlarged and in perfect proportion with the sugata (shape) of the blade.  It contains a large round turnback with a short kaeri.  As noted, the tang is ubu (unshortened) and has two mekugi ana (holes in the tang) both of which are original to the blade.

This blade comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (especially worthy of preservation) papers attesting to the authenticity of the signature and the quality of the forging.

Koshirae Description:

 Saya:                          The saya is wrapped in a gray shagreen with black lacquer trimmings.  It is in excellent condition.

Tsuba:                       The tsuba is made of shakudo in a mokko shape that has been divided into four panels.  Each panel is decorated with a delicate floral pattern that has been done in gold and copper.  The entire tsuba is covered with the most delicate nanako I have come across in many years.

Fuchi/Kashira:           The fuchi and kashira are also of shakudo with the same extremely fine nanako covering their entirety.  Both the fuchi and kashira have extremely fine gold family mons attached.  The circular mon appears to be that of the Takenaka Samurai house (竹中家).  I have not been able to identify the secondary mon of the individual within the Takenaka household as of yet.

Menuki:                     The menuki are of the two family mon with the Takenaka mon done in shakudo and the secondary mon done in gold.

This is a top quality koshirae in excellent condition.

SHO

The wakizashi is unsigned and has been attributed to the Mihara school.  The Mihara school was located in the Bingo province and was founded by Masaie in the early 1300’s.  They continued to produce swords through the end of the Muromachi around the late 1500’s.  This wakizashi was produced toward the end of this school’s existence in the Muromachi era of the 1500’s.

Blade Description:  

 This wakizashi is unsigned, having lost its original signature when, at some point, it was shortened.  It has a nagasa (cutting edge length) of 20.125  inches or 51.2 cm.  The moto-haba (width at the base) measures 1.15 inches or 2.9 cm and the saki-haba (width at the point) measures 0.83 inches or 2.1 cm.  The kasane (thickness of the blade) is 0.26 inches or 0.65 cm.  The blade has a graceful torii sori (curvature) of 0.41 inches or 1.04 cm.  The nakago is  shortened measuring 4.75 inches or 12.1 cm.

The jigane is a ko-mokume (wood burl) with areas of o-mokume.  There are also areas of sumigane (plain hada).  The overall appearance of the hada is very beautiful and the blade’s polish is excellent.  There are no openings or problems with the blade despite its age.  The hamon (temper-line) is a relatively narrow chu-suguha (straight temper) consisting of a tight nioi line.  This was the type of temper line that was often favored in the 1500’s during this period of constant warfare because of its reputation to be very effective at cutting.  The bôshi (point) is a continuation of the chu-suguha and has a large round turnback with a short kaeri.  There is horimono in the form of a short bo-hi (single groove) on the ura and a futatsu hi (double groove) on the omote.  On both sides the grooves continue down into the nakago which is further evidence of the blade having been shortened much earlier in its life.  As noted, the nakago has been shortened and there are two closely spaced mekugi ana.

This blade comes with NBTHK Hozon papers (worthy of preservation).  The overall quality and condition of this blade would merit Tokubetsu Hozon papers like the Yoshimichi katana, but the NBTHK policy is not to issue Tokubetsu Hozon papers to unsigned blades from this time period.  This blade comes in an old shirasaya with a sayagaki by Kanzan Sato, one of the founders of the NBTHK.  It also has a solid gold two piece habaki.

Koshirae Description:

 Saya:                          The saya is wrapped in a gray shagreen with black lacquer trimmings to match the katana saya.  It is in good condition with one small area showing slight damage where the saya was impacted at some point in its history.  I would like to point out, however, that there are no losses to the lacquer beyond a small dent and some slight cracking.

Tsuba:                       The tsuba is made of shakudo in a mokko shape that has been divided into four panels.  Each panel is decorated with a delicate floral pattern that has been done in gold and copper.  The entire tsuba is covered with the most delicate nanako I have come across in many years.

Fuchi/Kashira:           The fuchi and kashira are also of shakudo with the same extremely fine nanako covering their entirety.  Both the fuchi and kashira have extremely fine gold family mons attached.  The circular mon appears to be that of the Takenaka Samurai house (竹中家).  I have not been able to identify the secondary mon of the individual within the Takenaka household as of yet.

Menuki:                     The menuki are of the two family mon with the Takenaka mon done in shakudo and the secondary mon done in gold.

Kozuka:                     There is a fine kozuka done by the same artist as the other parts of the kodogu (except the tsuba).  It is likewise done of fine shakudo of a deep and rich color and it bears three mon in the same format as the menuki.  There are two shakudo circular Takenaka family mon on either side of the secondary mon which is done in gold.

If you are looking for a true Samurai daisho with excellent blades and outstanding koshirae, look no further.  This set with please you on all levels and enhance any collection.

PRICE:$28,500.00

KATANA

KATANA KOSHIRAE

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WAKIZASHI

WAKIZASHI KOSHIRAE

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