KATANA

 SHODAI MOTOYUKI

CHUJOSAKU

NTHK

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: TAKATA KAWACHI NO KAMI MOTOYUKI TAMASHIMA GAWA NI OITE KORE O YAKU

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 63.34cm (24.93")

OVERALL: 80.49cm (31.68")

MIHABA: 3.175cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.873cm (0.34")

SORI: 1.11cm (0.4375")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: MOKUME / ITAME

HAMON: GUNOME

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER

SHIRASAYA

KATANA

SHODAI MOTOYUKI

CHUJOSAKU

NTHK

Katana by the Shodai Motoyuki.

In 1673, the Shodai moved to Karatsu, he then moved to Takaish, Azabu, Edo, Musashi. He then moved to Sagami and became a student of Soshu Tsunahiro and finally, he moved back to Karatsu. It is said that he is a descendent of Ki-no-Yukihiro. His first signature used was Yukiharu. He was also known to sign Yukihira. There are reputed to be many extant works signed in all three variations. Later on in his career he received the honor of using the character Moto.  Notably not the standard Moto character was used, but a variation which resembles a pine tree, hence his nickname Matsuba (pine needle) Motoyuki.

There is even less information on the Nidai. According to Fujishiro's the Nidai signed "Kawachi no Kami Motoyuki", whereas the shodai signed many different ways.  I first surmised this sword might be the work of the Nidai.  However, all of the evidence combined seems to clearly indicate that this is indeed the work of the Shodai Motoyuki.  What evidence you may ask,  for starters the mei begins with "Takata" as in Bungo Takata, only the shodai was known to use this in his mei.   Another key point is the fact that the "matsuba" variation of "Moto" is used, again used by the shodai.  While these observations had led me to hypothisize this was the work of the shodai, the shinsa teams findings confirmed my hypothesis.  The Kanteisho issued by the NTHK make two vital points overwhelmingly clear.  First they make no mention of the second generation, and more importantly they clearly state "Bungo" province and "Tenwa" period, Tenwa being 1681.  On a lesser note, Fujishiro  states that while there are two generations, most works seen are by the shodai.

The shodai is listed as working Bungo, c. 1681.  The Nidai is listed as c.1736, Hizen. 

Both are rated Chujosaku for the quality of their work. The Shodai is rated a 2.5 Million Yen smith.

The sword is in great condition.  The hada is mokume / Itame with ji-nie. The hamon is gunome and continues into the boshi. The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana.  The sword comes with a solid silver habaki and shirasaya, both by John Torado.  There are a few small insignificant kizu, some surface scratches or hike kizu as well a few tiny openings and pitted areas. Nothing fatal nor anything significant enough to prevented it from  papering.

It has a rare and unusual mei, being signed "Takata Kawachi no Kami Motoyuki Tamashima Gawa Ni Oitte Kore O Yaku".  This translates to "Tempered by Takata Kawachi no Kami Motoyuki at the Tamashima River". Thanks go to my friend Markus Sesko for his help in this translation. It was quite a bit off the beaten trail.

This sword comes in shirasaya .

This sword received papers from the NTHK shinsa held Feb. 21-23, 2014.

 

$6500 plus S/H

SOLD

 

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