尾崎源五右衛門助隆
Ozaki Gengoemon Suketaka
Dated 1793
SCHOOL Osaka
PERIOD Dated: August of 1793
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubestu Hozon  
MEI Omote: Ozaki Gengoemon Suketaka
Ura:Kansei Go Nen Hachi Gatsu Hi 
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 4.5 Million Yen
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
FORM Wakizashi (Sun-nobi Tanto)
NAGASA 33 cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Tori-sori
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 7 mm
MOTOHABA 3.3 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with Iriyamagata-jiri 
MEKUGIANA 1
YASURIME  Kesho


Hamon :  Nie-deki toran-ba. There are large gunome and the hamon begins with a sugu-yakidashi. Some of the gunome have a square tani. The nioi-guchi is bright. There are long ashi overlapped by bright and vibrant sunagashi.

Boshi :  Ko-maru with a long return.

Kitae :  Ko-itame becoming muji-hada. Pearls of yubashiri are prominent. Ji-nie and chikei are present.

About this sword :   Ozaki Suketaka was considered one the most famous smiths of his time. He is ranked as Jo Saku by Fujishiro, given 4.5 million yen in the Toko-Taikan and listed at 60 points by Hawley. Like Suishinshi Masahide and Tegarayama Masashige he also aimed at the toran-ba of Tsuda Sukehiro. In fact, Suketaka's "text book" hamon is toran-ba like this waskizashi. Suketaka was born in 1753. He went to Osaka to study sword making under Kuroda Takanobu. Takanobu was the grandson of the 6th gen Bungo Mihara Masaie. Suketaka received the honorary title of Nagato no Kami in December of 1798. He died in 1805 at the age of 53.

This wakizashi is healthy and of excellent workmanship. The mihaba of 3.3cm and kasane of 7mm convey a powerful feeling in one's hands. The nioi-guchi is consistent in width and brightness throughout the length of the blade. The hataraki is evenly distributed. Even the nioi-guchi in the turn-back of the boshi is bright and clear. The jigane is well made. Highly controlled yubashiri appear on the surface completing the aesthetic of toran-ba in an ideal manner. This sword has an old polish and some blemishes on the surface as shown in photos.

This is a signed and dated work by Suketaka. The mei is in Suketaka's classic grass script and the ura is dated August of 1793. This work was awarded a Tokubetsu Hozon paper by the NBTHK. This reflects the high quality of the blade and its empirical value over-all.

An old shira-saya with mekugi-ana insets accompanies the blade. The habaki is an antique copper one, possibly the original one for the blade. A copy of the cultural registration card is attached to the saya. It was issued on April 5th, Showa 41. There is a blue striped cotton storage bag for the blade. A Jo-saku, Tokubetsu Hozon, signed and dated work in toran-ba by the most representative Osaka Shinto smith of the late 18th century.

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