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Osafune Sanemitsu Katana
An o-suriage katana attributed to the first generation Osafune Sanemitsu, Oei period (1393-1417). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, toriisori, chu kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 0 sun 9 bu (63/33 cm. / 24.93"). Motohaba: 2.89 cm. Sakihaba: 1.94 cm. Kasane: 6.3 mm. Nioi deki gunome, choji, midare togareba, hotsure, kinsuji, small gifu, ashi iri, yo, ha nie, small gifu, nado. The habuchi widens considerably toward the tip, as the hamon becomes large gunome. O-itame nagare with mokume mixed in, hadatatsu, long and short chikei, faint utsure, nado. In polish, shirasaya with a gold foil habaki. NTHK Kanteisho Showa 59th year (1985), 75 points.
Sanemitsu was called Shinzaemonnojo. There are few examples of his work, and they resemble those of Bizen Yasumitsu and Morimitsu. There are joint works by Sanemitsu, Morimitsu, and Yasumitsu. There is a story that that Morimitsu was Yasumitsu's older brother, if that is so, than Sanemitsu is Yasumitsu's older brother. The style of signing his swords resembles that of Morimitsu, and may suggest that they were members of the same mon.
Valued at 5,000,000 yen Toko Taikan; A double circle in Nihonto Meikan; Two illustrated pieces in Yumei Koto Taikan. Chujosaku in Fijishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen. $5,800