A mu-mei (unsigned) katana w/ koshirae
Attributed to Sawahara Shigetane, Late Edo period
-Student of Naotane-
Saya-gaki by "Kanzan" (Dr. Sato)
NBTHK Hozon certificate
Swordsmith: Sawahara Shigetane 沢原重胤
Era: Shin-shinto / Late Edo period
Approx measurements: Nagasa (cutting edge length): 66.4 cm ~ 26 3/4"; Motohaba (width): 2.5 1.7 cm; width at hamachi 2.76 cm; width at kissaki 1.77; Kasane 6.4 mm
Jitetsu: Itame hada well grained with Ji-nie
Hamon: Niedeki Gunome midare and Choji midare hamon mix.
Nakago: o-suriage, two mekugiana
Habaki: gold foil
Signature: Mu-mei (unsigned) with attribution to Sawahara Shigetane by the NBTHK
Sayagaki: by Dr Sato (Kanzan).
Condition: An older, very good, polish with a few minor scuffs and scratches
Included: koshirae, shirasaya, carry bag, Oshigata on scroll
Another excellent student of Naotane wasShigetane (重胤). Shigetane, his civilian name was äSawahara Noboru" (沢原旦, the first name can also be read äkira", äsake" or äan"), was actually a retainer of the Shirakawa fief (白河藩) of Ōshū province which he also signed in the variant (白川). We know blades by Shigetane from the Bunka (文化, 1804-1818) to the Ansei era (安政, 1854-1860). Most of them show a Sōshū-style gunome-midare or a suguha with ashi. Other Naotane-students were the Kaei-era (嘉永, 1848-1854) Ōama Mototsugu (大山元次) and the Bunsei-era (文政, 1818-1830) Miyoshi Tetsunosuke (三好鉄之助) alias Teruyoshi (照義) and Sawahara Tsunegorō(沢原常五郎) alias Tsunemaru (常丸).
Paragraph above is from page 43 of "Nihon-shinshinto-shi - The History of the shinshinto Era of Japanese Swords" - By Markus Sesko. Available for purchase in hard copy & digital - click here.
Tsuba: round shaped iron Tsuba, a flower and some design are pieced.
Fuchi-kashira: syakudo plate, a flower is engrave with gold color.
Menuki: syakudo plate flying bird is engrave.
Saya: Kawari-nuri saya which looks like cherry wood.
Condition: In excellent condition overall, Lacquer has a few minor separations
kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 372037
katana, mumei: Sawahara Shigetane (沢原重胤)
nagasa2 shaku 1 sun 9 bu
Migi wa t˘-ky˘kai ni oite shinsa no kekka,hozon-t˘ken to kantei-shi kore o sh˘-suru.
Heisei jűhachinen ichigatsu jűsannichi (平成十八年一月十三日)
zaidan-h˘jin (財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu T˘ken Hozon Ky˘kai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
katana, unsigned: Sawahara Shigetane
nagasa~ 66.4 cm
According to the result of theshinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate it as hozon-t˘ken.
January 13th 2006
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