・Blade length: 72 cm

・Curvature: 1.5 cm

・Number of Mekugi hole: 1

・Sakihaba:  20 mm

Sakikasane: 5 mm

・Motohaba:  32 mm

・Motokasane: 6.5 mm

・Signature: Goshu Junin Takeshita Sukemitsu Korewo Tsukuru (front),  Showa  40-nen 8-gatsu Bi (back)

Era:  Gendai

・Structure: Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune

・Jitetsu: Itame with Mokume

・Hamon: Gunome Choji

・Boshi: Nakamaru

Weight (without Saya):  910g

・Nakago: Ubu

・Koshirae: Black silk tsuka wrappping with chirashi/kuro-ishime lacquered saya

Price: SOLD

※ The list price is the cost of the listed item only and does not include shipping or processing charges required for fulfillment. 

Sukemitsu's real name is Zenji Takeshita, and he was born on May 20, 1915 in Gamo County, Shiga Prefecture.

 His master swordsmith was his father, Eitaro, whose swordsmith name was also Sukemitsu. Later, he studied under Oki Masatsugu and inherited his father's swordsmith name, Sukemitsu.

 In 1941, he exhibited his sword at the Japanese Sword Exhibition and won an honorable mention, and two years later, in 1943, he was awarded a special prize. Before World War II, he was also active in the production of military swords as a swordsmith for the army because of his excellent quality. After the war, he received approval from the Agency for Cultural Affairs to make swords in 1954, and from 1964 to 1970, he was selected seven consecutive times at the New Sword Exhibition of the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords and was selected 11 times in total.

This piece is both dynamic and beautiful in appearance. The hada is based on itame with mokume, and the hamon is a mixture of gunome and choji, forming a beautiful pattern. The overall condition of the sword was preserved in very good condition, although there is some rusting on the ridge. The hi is also grooved on the blade, making it ideal for iai use. The tsuba is made of iron with an eagle design and has a copper fuchi-kashira and brass menuki fittings. The scabbard is two-tone with chirashi and kuro-ishime. This sword is a great value not only as an iai or batto, but also as a beautiful pieced that can be enjoyed as an appreciation.


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