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When will I ever learn? I guess that I must still have that bruise on my forehead from falling off the turnip truck, because yet once again, I listened to, "I am just trying to get permits, and banking things in order, please hold for another ---". So, after months of holding the sword, (put on hold after 455 viewings, now over 1825) this morning came the inevitable --- "Gee, sorry. Can't do anything. You'll need to relist it".
So with heartfelt apologies to the consignor, and a vow to never again be so accommodating, the sword is once again available,
An ubu machiokure katana signed nagamei, Bishu Osafune Sukesada saku, dated Eiroku (1558 - 1570) ju nen ni gatsu (February 1567). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, sakizori, slightly extended chu kissaki. Hawatare: 2 shaku 3 sun 5 bu (69.85cm or 27.5"). Motohaba: 3.18 cm. Sakihaba: 2.01 cm. Kasane: 6.53 mm. Sori 2.22 cm. Hiro suguba ko notare in nioi deki. There are ashi iri, yo, kinsuji, choji, nijuba, hako midare, nado. Hada tatsu itame moku mix, chikei, with a itame nagare and masa in the shinogiji. The temper pattern continues into the boshi which is hakikaki with a komaru kaeri. A small area of shintetsu opened up, which limits the rating that the sword could receive. There is a In first rate polish, shirasaya, and niju gold foil habaki. NBTHK Hozon kanteisho.
Because the selection of the polisher, and the habaki and shirasaya are made prior to finishing polish, this blade was given a first class restoration, and it is unfortunate that the bit of shintetsu was exposed.
This is a very hade blade with a great deal easily available to the eye. There were a good number of Sukesada working in Eiroku, A quick count from the Meikan lists thirteen.
A Small Area of Shintetsu
Chikei in a Mokume Nagare
Nijuba and Sanjuba Ahead of the machi
NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho.