KATANA

SOSHU TSUNAHIRO,  c.1532

SUE KOTO

BODY TEST

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI:
SOSHU TSUNAHIRO

DATE/BODY TEST:  SHOTOKU YONNEN KUGATSU JUYONNICHI WAKIGE OTOSHI DO DAN BARAI [14TH SEPTEMBER 1714, CUT THROUGH ARM AND BODY AND INTO THE EARTHEN MOUND] BUSHU SENJU NI OITE [AT SENJU IN BUSHU PROVINCE] MATSUMURA CHODAYU (NAME OF TESTER), MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY).D (16TH CENTURY)

NAGASA: 67.945cm (26.75")

OVERALL: 87.63cm (34.5")

MIHABA: 3.02cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.3125")

SORI: 0.793cm (0.625")

NAKAGO: SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: THREE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: HITATSURA

BOSHI: KOMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SOLID SILVER

SHIRASAYA

KATANA

SOSHU TSUNAHIRO

with BODY TEST

This sword was forged by the swordsmith Soshu Tsunahiro.  Yamamura Masahiro of the Sue-Soshu school was summoned to Odawara sometime around the 1530's by Hojo Ujitsuna, and was re-named Tsunahiro having been granted the use of the character Tsuna from the lord's name. Two generations followed, of whom the third named So'uemon no jo is famously said to have been commissioned by the lord of Tsugaru to make three hundred daisho blades. He returned to his home province in 1606, and died in 1638 aged ninety one. All three generations made swords with midare-ba or hitatsura like this blade.

This is a gorgeous sword, with the exception of one small area of ware approximately two(2) inches in length in the monouchi area on the ura side.  The area is shown with a machinist rule at 1/64 inch increments for scale.  Otherwise it is in great polish with only a few surface scratches. 

 

The sword was bought from Christie's Auction House of London in 2009. The following link will take you to the completed sale page in order that you may read the description for yourself. 

Please note realized price compared to current asking price.

http://christies.com/LotFinder/LotDetailsPrintable.aspx?intObjectID=5255400

 

Another great thing is that this sword has a body test inscription.

The inscription states that the test was performed in 1714 and that it cut through both the arms and torso and into the earthen mound.

 

It is a beautiful sword with a body test. Make no mistake if not for the ware, it would be priced/worth much, much more .

It is a great buy for the budget buyer or any buyer if the small area of ware does not bother you.

 

SOLD

 

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