Antique Japanese Sword Daisho Signed by Sadayoshi＆Suehide with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This Katana blade was signed by Settsu Koku Kaneyoshi(摂津国包吉), who was active in sword-forging during the Enpo era(early Edo period:1673-1681). Settsu Koku is the name of the province located in Osaka area.
The blades forged by Tadayuki are categorized as Osaka Shinto. Shinto is Japanese Sword terminology that refers to the swords forged during 1596-1781. The blades made in Osaka area during this period are called Osaka Shinto. There are many famous swordsmiths in this Osaka Shinto era. After Hideyoshi Toyotomi built Osaka castle, Osaka city flourished as a castle town and became the business center. Many swordsmiths moved to Osaka to look for better opportunities. They not only forged swords for those Samurai who lived in Osaka but also for feudal lords nationwide. Ikanshi Tadatsuna(Awataguchi Omi no Kami Tadatsuna), Inoue Shinkai, and Tsuda Sukehiro are the most famous ones among those many swordsmiths.
One of the most notable characteristics of Osaka Shinto is its beauty in Jigane. Jigane is a visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during the forging process), which made it possible by the location of Osaka. Osaka had close access to the Tamahagane(special carbon steel to make Japanese swords) production sites. The swordsmiths residing in Osaka were able to get high-quality carbon steel from these sites.
This Wakizashi blade was signed by Suehide(末秀) in the second year of the Kosho era(1456: mid-Muromachi period). While the remaining signature also says Bizen, the NBTHK certificate states it was originally inscribed as Hizen(today’s Saga prefecture).
And it was re-written to Bizen in the past for an unknown reason.
Suehide was active sword-forging during 1455-1479(mid-Muromachi period) in Hizen province(today’s Saga prefecture).
Suehide was born as the son of Nagamoto in Hizen province(Saga prefecture). During his career, he experienced the beginning of Sengoku Jidai(Warring sate period) after Onin war began(1467). This period lasted more than 100 years. We presume he also forged blades for a Samurai who participated in these battles.
What is Daisho?
Daisho is a pair of two Japanese swords Samurai carried. During the Edo period, having Daisho in public places was considered social status for Samurai. Furthermore, Samurai were required to wear them under the law back then. Daisho is written as 大=Big and 小=Small. Dai part means Katana, and Sho part means Wakizashi. They have such a fancy appearance that we believe a high-ranked Samurai owned them.
This blade is appraised as a Tokubetsu Hozon Token(特別保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, especially well preserved and high quality with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 69.4 cm( 27.3 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.21 cm(0.47 inches)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 45.5 cm(17.9 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.1 cm(0.43 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Accessory : leather sword carrying case with family emblem.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
These Fuchi Kashiras have a simple design. Although these works do not have ornamental decorations such as gold or silver inlay, for example, we hope you will appreciate the texture and color of their material. Also, there are tiny dents due to use and aging. Please enjoy these signs of age as a texture of antique.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
The boar is the motif of this Menuki. This animal has been familiar to Japanese people since ancient times. It is not only for food but also from the religious point of view. As boars are prolific, they have been regarded as a symbol of fertility. Also, people have worshiped this animal as the God of mountains.
There is an idiom about the boar; “猪突猛進 (Chototsu Moushin).” It means recklessly headlong into things. Samurais had to fight at the risk of their life on the battlefields. They might have tried to encourage themselves by seeing this fearless animal figure.
This Menuki’s motif might be the Ebisu (恵比寿) God and the Daikokuten (大黒天) God. Both of them are a member of the Shichifukujin (七福神, the Seven Gods of Good Fortune). The Ebisu God usually has a sea bream and a fishing pole. Initially, he was the God of fishing. Ports will be done well by the comings and goings of ships. Safe voyages will bring profitable businesses; therefore, the Ebisu became famous as the God of trade. In addition, it is believed to be the God of good match or wealth in some areas.
The Daikokuten brings the Uchide-no-Koduchi (打ち出の小槌, mallet of good luck), and carries a big bag on his back. People worship him as a god of treasure, good luck, success of the business. He is also considered that he controls agriculture; people pray rich harvest to this God.
The former owner of this sword set might have had chosen these motifs based on his belief.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
This Daisho Tsuba set is appraised as the Hozon Tousougu (保存刀装具) issued by NBTHK: Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (日本美術刀剣保存協会). According to this certificate, these Tsubas were made by Akao (赤尾) school’s maker.
These antique Tsubas have oval shapes. Their color is glossy black; it was made from the Shokudou (赤銅, the mixture of copper and gold). Their surfaces have a flat and smooth texture. The edges of these works are framed with golden metal. This type of edge is called the Fukurin-Mimi (覆輪耳). It adds gorgeousness for Tsubas. It also has practicality, such as preventing the wear of the edge part. Also, it prevents the wear and tear of the Kimono if the edge damages it by touching the cloth.
The Kasumi (霞, haze) pattern is designed. As this geometric shape looks similar to one of the Japanese Katakana (片仮名) character “エ,” this design is called the Egasumi-Mon (ヱ霞文/エ霞文). We hope you will appreciate these works’ simple but elegant design. Same as the cloud pattern, the haze design has been favored as an auspicious motif. The cloud pattern has been associated with magical power, and people thought it an omen of lucky things. Or, since clouds appear repeatedly, its design represents reincarnation.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
The small knife is stored in the Kozuka. This Kozuka is made from silvery metal, and the Kabuto (兜, Samurai helmet) is designed on it. A helmet is a protector for the head. When Japanese people started using the Kabuto, they attached importance to practicality. However, with time, it has been designed not only for practicality but also for representing its wearer. For example, some Samurais designed it to be dignified, and some Samurais tried to express their tastes or beliefs by introducing characteristic motifs. So, the Kabuto is one of the essential items to enjoy the Samurai culture.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
These scabbards are coated with a reddish color, and probably gold leaves are finely scattered on them. This decorative appearance gives a gorgeous and elegant atmosphere for the entire look of the Koshirae. These scabbards and handles are covered with black leather bags.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate for the Katana/ Wakizashi blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated these two blades on May 24th in the third year of Reiwa (2021). They appraised them as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Kyoto 5031, Hyogo 84850
The Board of Education in Kyoto prefecture issued a registration paper for the Katana and that of Hyogo issued for the Wakizashi . It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.
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