泰龍斎宗寛
Tairyusai Sokan
SCHOOL Koyama Munetsugu Ha
PERIOD Shin-shinto
Dated: February of 1866
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Hozon  
MEI Omote:"Tairyusai Sokan Tsukuru No"
Ura:"Keio Ni Nen Ni Gatsu Hi" 
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 3.5 Million Yen
FORM Katana
NAGASA 67.5 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Tori-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 1.2 cm
KISSAKI Chu-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 4 cm
MUNE Mitsu-mune
KASANE 7 mm
MOTOHABA 3.15 cm
SAKIHABA 2.2 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with ha agari kuri-jiri 
MEKUGIANA 1
YASURIME  Kesho




Hamon :   Nioi-deki ko-choji gunome. Many long ashi are present. The nioi-guchi is tight and luminous.

Boshi :  Midare-komi with a medium return.

Kitae :  Tight ko-itame. The forging pattern is clear and well controlled.


About this sword :   Tairyusai Sokan (sometimes read "Munehiro") is a highly regarded smith of the Shin-shinto era. He was born around 1820 and became a student of Koyama Munetsugu between 1851 and 1853. He used kaisho (block script) for his mei up till 1854 and then changed to reishotai (ancient squared characters as seen on this blade) from then onward. He was retained by the Furukawa family of Shimosa province. He passed away on Januray 23rd, 1883. Sokan is considered the most skilled student of Koyama Munetsugu and a master smith in his own right. He is ranked as Jo Saku by Fujishiro and valued at 3.5 million yen in the Tokotaikan.

This sword is in full Japanese polish. The hadori work of the polisher highlights Sokan's skilled control of the nioi-guchi well. The jigane is admirably clear. There are no kizu or flaws in this work and it is healthy. There are some scrathes on the upper nagako, probably caused by the habaki. The control shown in both the yaki-iri and consistent/controlled folding of the steel are clear evidence of the quality level of this blade. This sword is dated February of 1866 and it has an NBTHK Hozon paper.

A modern koshirae accompanies this sword. It was custom ordered in Japan and made to fit this blade. The tosugu are modern made. The tsuba on the mounts is an Edo period Akasaka example. This tsuba compliments the aesthetic of the koshirae well. The original Hoan style tsuba that was on the blade when it was discovered is also included. The old shakudo nanako habaki is well made and featuers a ka-mon in gold, of the family that owned the blade, on the omote. There is a tsunagi for the koshirae as well as two storage bags and a brand new cleaning kit is included.

This is a wonderful katana by Sokan. As mentioned above, it comes with NBTHK Hozon paper. It also comes with a koshirae, extra tsuba, cleaning kit, two bags and a shira-saya. A great opportunity to own a fine, signed and dated Jo-saku katana.

$10,800

SALE $9500




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