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Japanese samurai sword - Tamahagane stem - A signed and dated koto katana, signature Noshu Seki-ju Kanemichi Saku With the NBTHK Hozon paper. - Japan - 15th century

Lot reference 29698895

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$13,236 Bidder 3767
15-10-2019 14:28:06

Very good condition, see description - 3.1×0.5×67 cm

Object: Japanese samurai sword
Material: Tamahagane stem
Period: 15th century
Region/ Country of origin: Japan
Artist/ Maker: Noshu Seki-ju Kanemichi Saku
Title of artwork: A signed and dated koto katana, signature Noshu Seki-ju Kanemichi Saku With the NBTHK Hozon paper.
Condition: Very good condition, see description
Dimensions: 3.1×0.5×67 cm

A very rare piece of history, a signed and dated koto katana,
Signature reads 'Noshu Seki-ju Kanemichi Saku' and is dated when it was made in '1544AD'.
Also in gold inlay there is a two-body test cut performed by the tester,
'Maejima Hachiro Tomotsugu', over 100 years later in Edo period.
With the NBTHK Hozon paper.
This is an interesting piece of history.
You might know this already, but normally for test-cut swords they used works that were made in Edo period,
which at the time would have been new blades.
It is very rare to see a koto sword dated 1544 AD to be used in the Edo period
for a test cut as this would have already been classified as an antique.
I read somewhere that less than 1% of test-cut blades were koto and the remaining 99% were Shinto and Shin-Shinto combined.
In my opinion this blade is much more rare than a three or four-body test cut from the Edo period.
Provenance: Mino.
Age: dated Tenbun 13 (February good day, 1544 AD ).
Cutting edge: 67.57 cm / 26.6 inches.
Era: Muromachi period.
Hamon: midare Gnome.
Shape: shinogi-Zukuri / Iori-mune.
Notes: comes with flashy dragon theme koshirae.
Special features: two-body test cut with gold inlay by Maejima Hachiro Tomotsugu.

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