尾州住片山源勝重
Bishu-ju Katayama Minamoto Katsushige
Shin-Shinto Katana
SCHOOL Owari
PERIOD Shin-Shinto, Dated December of 1864
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubestu Kicho 1970  
MEI Omote: "Bishu ju Katayama Minamoto Katsushige Saku"
Ura: "Genji Gannen Ju Ni Gatsu Hi"  
FORM Katana
NAGASA 83.4 cm - 32.83 inches
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Torii-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 2 cm
KISSAKI O-kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 8.8 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 10 mm
MOTOHABA 3.1 cm
SAKIHABA 2.4 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO MEASUREMENT 27.3 cm
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with ha agari kuri-jiri 
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Kiri



Hamon :   Nie-deki gunome midare with a short, sloping sugu-yakidashi. The nioi guchi is thick, bright and evenly packed with active nie hataraki. Ashi, yo, and abundant sunagashi can be seen.

Boshi :  Midare-komi with a medium return.

Kitae :   Itame nagareru. The jigane pattern is vivid and bold. Abounding ji-nie, chikei and tobiyaki are present.


About this katana :   This is an extremely long and powerful katana by Bishu Katayama Katsushige. He was an Owari smith and active during the late Edo period. This katana is dated December of 1864. His work is rarely seen and he is not a maker than can be found in many books. Thus, the empirical value of this fine katana is rather high. The sayagaki by Kanzan Sato that accompanies this blade states that this is an excellent work. We can speculate that this blade must be counted as a master-work of Katsuhige's career.

Ubu zamei katana in this length with an o-kisskai are highly desirable. This is the grand and powerful sugata that so fittingly reflects the mood of the Bakumatsu period. The nagasa is over 32 inches with a 10 mm kasane, 3.1 cm moto-haba, 8.8 cm kissaki and the nakago is over 27 cm in length. A massive blade. It is difficult to make such a long and robust blade. It requires a larger amount of raw material and time in comparison to a jo sun length katana. The difficulty of yaki-iri is higher due to the need of even tempering and control throughout the entire span of the blade. This blade shows excellent consistency in the nioi guchi. There are no dim areas, areas of sparse activity or thin areas in the nioi-guchi. There are no kizu and the jigane is evenly folded.

This blade is in old polish. There are some light scratches here and there. This katana is ubu with one ana. It has a gold foil yujo habaki and an old shira-saya with Kanzan Sato's sayagaki. An NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper accompanies this blade. It was issued in 1970. At that time, Tokubetsu Kicho was the highest level before Juyo token. The "blue" papers (Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho) were not introduced until 1973. A great opportunity to own a massive, ubu, zaimei, dated, polished, papered shin-shinto katana.

$12,000




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