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Wakizashi - Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu

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Wakizashi - Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu - Sold 



Wakizashi - Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu  "備州長船勝光"
Sue Koto - Kokkitsu period  ≈ 1440 - 15th Century (Muromachi)
Suriage (shortened) - Ranking in Jyo saku / Owazamono - Handachi type mounting

Total Weight
0.898 kg
Weight without Saya
0.620 kg
Blade Weight
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
64.9 cm
51.55 cm
Tsuka Length
19.5 cm (with Kabutogane)
Sori (curvature)
0.88 cm
Kissaki Length3.25 cm
Moto Haba
2.82 cm
Saki Haba
2.6 cm
Moto Kasane
                    A = 0.51 cm
                    B = 0.52 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane
                   A = 0.4 cm
                    B = 0.41 cm
Koshi zori / Bizen Sori (at the beginning of the blade)
Type Kissaki
Chu Kissaki (medium length)
Blade Structure
Shinogi Zukuri (diamond shape)
Iori mune (Triangular)
Midare /Gunome small choji with quenching peaks in Uchinoke type, which reminds of Hitatsura or Gunome Togari
Itame / Masame
Koen on the Ura side / Ko maru on the Omote side
13 cm length, Suri Age, signed on Omote “備州長船勝光” “Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu”, 2 Mekugi Ana, Futsu Gata shaped, Yasurime Kuri Yasuri (horizontal) end in Kirijiri
Saya : 277g, 60.4cm length. Pieces (Korjiri, Koiguchi, Shiba biki, Kurigata) in a 19th century Handachi mounting, Spangled gloss lacquered (silver/green reflections) . Sageo in an alternated black & white pattern, Kojiri with an "Hanabishi" (Californian poppy)

Fuchi Kashira)
- Habaki : 29g in silvery copper, Yasurim with prononced obliques

- Tsuka : 110g for a 19.5cm length, 19th Century Handachi mounting, Tsunami Maki braiding in black silk. Full Same

- Gilded Menuki, with a 3 Pawlonia flowers pattern (3-5-3)  also called "Go San Kiri"

- Tsuba of 95g 7.4 x 7.5cm in a Aoi gata shape (the Tokugawa emblem),Sukidashi cercling, with a Kogai and Kozuka Ana. Engraved motive for border and vineyard
Team Review
Study :
Sue Bizen school of the Bizen (Osafune) province. End of Muomachi/ Sengoku Jidai. The Osafune village, in the heart of the Bizen province was destroyed around 1590 with the floods and mud slidings that came with. Only 2 smiths did survive this tragedy and had difficulty in surviving and in making relive the prosperity of the Bizen period.

Bizen Peculiarities : An essential peculiarity of these forges of Bizen comes from a local element, the steel which was called "Tetsu Bizen" (Bizen steel) which was very pure and of high quality. The sand also came in quantities as it was near the sea. Also the Asahigawa and Yoshigawa rivers, very pure, were feeding the forges. Furthermore, the surrounding forests, very dense, were giving the coal for the ovens. All these elements and the added geographical position, on the great 3sanyodo" road, make Bizen to become a very renowned place for the forge, with such ideal conditions. The "Bizen Den" tradition, which began during the Heian period, was the most renowned of the 5 japanese forge traditions, having the most of illustrous smiths. One can think of Tomonari who gave inspiration to Masamune.

Team Review :
Very nice Wakizashi with a shortened blade (Suri Age), harmonious quenching line typical from Bizen, with many activity in it. Clasical type mounting of the 19th Century. The blade is fine, beautiful and sharp. Some fine openings in the ji steel, classic kisu for old blades.

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