NOTE ARA NIE IN SHINOGI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE FIVE PETAL CHERRY BLOSSOM AND EIGHT RAY POLICE LIEUTENANT BADGE

                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENDAITO

ECHIGO SADAKIYO

D-GUARD POLICE KOSHIRAE

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: ECHIGO no KUNI KAMIMURA SADAKIYO KINZO

DATE: SHOWA JU SHICHI NEN NI GATSU KICHI JITSU (1942)

NAGASA: 66.04cm (26")

OVERALL: 86.36cm (34")

MIHABA: 2.86cm (1.125")

KASANE: 0.625cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.90cm (0.75")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: TIGHT KO-MOKUME / MUJI

HAMON: GUNOME CHOJI MIDARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

KISSAKI: CHU

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER FOIL

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

POLICE KOSHIRAE

 

This Gendaito was forged by the showa sword smith Sadakiyo. Sadakiyo worked in the early to mid Showa period with one example of his work signed 1926. This particular example is dated 1942.  It is signed and dated in Sosho or grass script, which is somewhat unusual for gendaito in general.  The mei reads Echigo no Kuni Kamimura Sadakiyo Kinzo which translates as Kamimura Sadakiyo from Echigo province respectfully made this. 

The nakago on this sword is something to behold, the fine yasurime and the flow of the mei combined with it's perfect condition ie; no rust or stains and the even chocolate brown patination make it just gorgeous. It may well be my favoritepart of the sword.  The hada is basically muji, but it may could be argued that a few areas of very tight ko-mokume/itame can be seen. The hamon is gunome choji midare and the undulations continue into the kissaki.  There is a multitude of activity in this blade including nijuba, hakikake, tobiyaki (even in the kissaki), nie, nie sake ara nie (even in the shinogi, see photo above), even utsuri, both bo and midare utsuri.

The Koshirae is a Police Lieutenant D-Guard with 5 petal cherry blossom, 8 ray police badge and chrome plated saya. The guard, seppa, and habaki are all stamped with the #33. This type of koshirae can be seen in Jim Dawson's, "Imperial Swords of Japan", pages 310-312.

 

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