This is an outstanding shinsakuto by Enomoto Sadayoshi of the Gassan School. Enamoto Sadayoshi is the sword name of Enomoto Yoshiichi. He was born in 1911 and he passed away in 2000. He lived in Shizuoka Prefecture and signed his swords Yusui Shin Sadayoshi. He submitted his first sword for acceptance in Showa 11 (1966) and was rated as a Mukansa grade sword smith in 1996. He was recognized as one of the leading sword smiths in Japan at the time of his death.
Sadayoshi traced his sword-learning lineage as follows: Suishinshi Masahide-Gassan Sadayoshi-Gassan Sadakazu-Gassan Sadakatsu (his teacher). He worked in the styles of the Soshu Den, the Yamato Den, and the Gassan Den.
This shinsakutô is signed Ysui Shin Sadayoshi Kore (o) Tsukuru. It is dated Heisei gannen shogatsu hi. This means “made on New Year of the first year of Heisei (January 1988). It is very unusual to find a blade with a new year date. This is a strong and powerful katana. The cutting edge measures 73 cm or 28.75 inches. The moto-haba is 3.3 cm or 1.28 inches and the saki-haba is 2.4 cm or 0.94 inches. The Kasane is 0.71 cm or 0.28 inches. It has a strong Torii sori measuring 1.64 cm or 0.61 inches.
This sword is an excellent example of his finest work in the Sôshû tradition. The jigane is a powerful o-mokume mixed with a robust itame with the hada carrying down into the hamon. The hamon is wild and flowing with a bright nie-guchi forming many activities within, on, and above the habuchi. This sword will provide hours of viewing pleasure. There are bo-hi on both sides of the blade that extend under the habaki and terminate at the beginning of the nakago.
This sword comes in a nice shirasaya and it is accompanied by a tasteful set of koshirae depicting Samurai warriors from the Nanbokuchô era in full armor. This is a very powerful sword made by one of the top mukansa smiths of the 20thcentury.