武州下原住康重
Shitahara Yasushige
Published by the Bizen Osafune Museum
PERIOD Shinto: circa, Kanbun (1661-1673)
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NTHK Kanteisho (2014) 75 points  
MEI Mumei  
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 36.6 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Saki-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 1 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 7 mm
MOTOHABA 3.2 cm
SAKIHABA 2.6 cm
KISSAKI O-Kissaki
KISSAKI LENGTH 5.7 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION O-suriage
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kiri jiri  
MEKUGIANA Two
YASURIME  Kiri with sujikai near the nakago-ha



Hamon :   Ko-nie deki chu suguha. The nioi-guchi is tight. There are sunagashi as well as small kinsuji mixed in. Nijuba can be seen and there are ko-ashi.

Boshi :   O-maru with a short return.

Kitae :   Itame mixed with mokume. The jigane pattern is very clear. Ji-nie and chikei are present. The shinogi-ji presents mokume and itame hada.

Horimono :   There is a gyo no kurikara on the omote and a bonji on the ura. These are old hori that are most likely original to the blade's time of production.

About this sword :   This wakizashi has been attributed to Shitahara Yasushige. Specifically, the generation that was active around Kanbun times (1661-1673). This line of smiths prospered from late Koto through the Edo period and were from the Musashi area. The Kanbun Yasushige is ranked as Wazamono and is often listed as a representative smith of this ha.

This blade has original horimono of a gyo no kurikara and bonji. The Bizen Osafune Museum held an exhibition of blades with Dragon Horimono and this blade was included. The event was called "Dragon's lineage - collection of works". It was published in the catalog of the exhibition as shown below. The horimono and o-kisskai of this blade are visually exciting and give a powerful feeling in one's hands.

This blade has no problems. There is a small ware in the ha on the omote as shown in the photos. This is a healthy sword. It is in full, high-quailty polish. There are a few light surface scratches. It be noted that this blade received 75 points at NTHK shinsa. This high score reflects the quality of the blade and its horimono.

This is an ideal blade for the study of horimono and o-kissaki sugata. It comes with a shira-saya and a gold wash over copper niju habaki. This has an NTHK kanteisho paper and also comes with the Bizen Osafune Museum exhibition catalog in which it was published. An exciting chance to add a published blade to one's collection.

Price: $4900





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