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Katana by Bizen Masamitsu with sayagaki - NBTHK (HOLD)

Katana by Bizen Masamitsu with sayagaki - NBTHK (HOLD)

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 This distinctive katana hails from the Nanbokucho Era, characterized by the expert craftsmanship associated with this period. The sword is mumei, attributed to Bizen Masamitsu, a fact further validated by the NBTHKdated October 13, 1979 .

The nagasa (blade length) measures 69.4 cm, with a sori (curve) of 2 cm. Its sugata (shape) is a shinogi-zukuri and iori-mune, with a wide mi-haba that tapers slightly towards the kissaki (point). The kasane (thickness) is substantial, and the kissaki extends just slightly, aligning with the design traditions of this era.

In terms of the blade's jihada (grain pattern), the katana exhibits an itame with hints of mokume mingled within the flowing hada. An appealing touch of ji-nie can be spotted, and the steel boasts plentiful chikei. Furthermore, utsuri can be discerned within the beautifully forged hada.

The hamon (temper line) is a ko-notare with a ko-gunome pattern, with pointed elements also visible. As for activities, ashi and yo can be seen, complemented by fine kinsugi and sunagashi. The boshi (temper pattern in the tip area) showcases a jizo-boshi with a long kaeri.

The nakago (tang) appears suri-age with three mekugi-ana, aligning with the modification traditions of its time.

The sword's form displays the defining characteristics of the Nanbokucho era - a wide mi-haba, slightly extended kissaki, and ample sori. Its hamon and hada further hint at the school of the famed Bizen Osafune smith, Kanemitsu. The NBTHK attributes the blade to Masamitsu, who was among Kanemitsu's top students.

The sword is mounted in a shirasaya with a sayagaki attributing the blade to Bizen Osafune Masamitsu, as confirmed by the renowned sword expert and former head of the NBTHK, Dr. Kanzan Sato.

Kanemitsu, believed to be a student of the Soshu den master Masamune, brought the Soshu style of smithing to Bizen, resulting in the popular Soden-Bizen style. His techniques attracted several top students, including Masamitsu.

Masamitsu's works span around 40 years, from the Enbun to Oei periods. Although a theory exists that two generations may have adopted the Masamitsu name due to a shift in working style, it remains unconfirmed.

Masamitsu's swords have achieved the prestigious Juyo Token rank, indicating high quality and significance. Given this sword's features and quality, it stands as a promising candidate for the NBTHK Juyo Token shinsa, further increasing its value and importance. This katana thus presents a remarkable blend of artistry, history, and tradition in the sphere of Japanese sword-making.

We got this blade by a collector's collection who passed away. The person who collected this sword has long since passed away. In his last days, he was in poor health and gave up on applying for the important sword examination he was looking forward to.

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Shipping and Return

  • Swords are shipped from Tokyo, Japan. We manage all the procedures to export the sword.
  • You can't return sword to Japan because procedures are too strict.
  • We work with a shipping company that have experience with Nihonto so you don't have to worry.
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Export Procedure (We manage it)

・All our swords are registered in the Agency for Cultural Affairs as artwork and The Board of Education(Cultural properties protection Committee); therefore each sword has the registration card, issued by the Board of Education.
・After receiving the full payment of the items,we return the registration card and get the permission from Ministry of Cultural Affairs to export the swords legally from Japan. It will take about 20 business days to do this procedure.
・After the receiving the permission, we will inform you by email and send the items immediately.

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