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A motivated Seller, now less than the cost of restoration: $2,000
An extremely beefy ubu mumei katana attributed to shinshinto Fuyohiro. Shinogizukure, iro mune, extended chu-kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 2 sun 7 bu 9 rin (69.06 cm / 27.1875 inches) Motohaba: 3.21 cm. Sakihaba: 2.28 cm. Kasane: 6.1 mm. Niedeki saka gunome spaced throughout between chu suguba ko-midare, tobiyaki, ashiiri, nado. The jigane is itame with small chikei. New polish, older shirasaya, large silver foil habaki. NBTHK Hozon kanteisho are in the mail, and will be posted as soon as they arrive.
The Fuyohiro hailed from Wakasa, and worked in Mino tradition. The school spanned the years 1441 - 1876. Like the Sukesada, there were numerous smiths of the same name, and a number during shinshinto times, begining in 1781 and ending with the Haitori decree in 1876. There were four smiths from Wakasa, who signed Jakushu ju or Jakushu kuni ju. The style of the sword fits best with the two smiths working in 1854 (Saburobe) and 1864 (Chosazaemon). $2,650