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Yamato Yoshiyuki Katana

KK0507

A koto katana signed, Yamato Kuni Yoshiyuki Ryokimonsan.     Machiokure, shinogizukure, iroi mune, slightly extended chu-kissaki. deep sakizori.  Hawatare:  2 shaku 1 sun 6 bu 9 rin,  (65.72 cm or 25.875").  Motohaba:  2.86 cm.  Sakihaba:  2.147 cm.  Kasane:  6.56 mm.   Thanks to some studious cleaning by he who knows not, I can only see shadowy temper, chu suguba ko-midare, ha nie and kinsuji.  Because it is Yamato den, there is likely a good deal of masa, perhaps mixed in with itame nagare, and jinie.  Chikei is visible.   The sugata might seem to suggest the first thrid of Muromachi.

Mounted in early army koshirae, with a lacquered wood saya.  I cannot tell if there had been a hanger, though that seems likely.  The saya is unfortunately split along the seem, though still solid.  The copper habaki is older and of good quality. 

There are no references to this smith in the Meikan, or any other of my references.  He seems to have, in the words of the late Sato Sensei, "fallen out of the sword dictionaries".  There is no damage, and what obscured the details didn't damage the sword, this should polish well, and from what I can see, should be a very attractive sword.      $2,200

Kinsuji and Chikei

 

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