"YAMATO NO KAMI YASUSADA", IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER KAJI (SWORD SMITH)  OF THE SHINTO PERIOD. RECENT RESEARCH BY THE "NBTHK" HAS REVILED SOME HERETOFORE UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT HIM. THESE DISCOVERIES ENHANCE THE VALUE OF HIS WORKS, INCREASE THERE DESIRABILITY, AND ANSWER  THE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE SIMILARITIES IN WORKMANSHIP WITH KAZUSA KANESHIGE, ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS SWORD SMITHS OF THE "SHOGUN IEYASU GROUP" OF PERSONAL RETAINERS.

IT WAS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT THAT "YASUSADA" WAS BORN IN ECHIZEN, AND STUDIED ONLY UNDER "YASUTSUGU 1st". HIS PLACE OF BIRTH HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE "KISHU" (Kii PROVENCE) WERE HE STUDIED UNDER "KAZUSA KANESHIGE" (MAKER TO THE "TODA" FAMILY), WHO WAS AN INSTRUCTOR (SENSEI) WITH THE "ISHIDO SCHOOL". "YASUSADA" THEN MOVED TO "EDO" (TOKYO), AS DID "KANESHIGE" WERE BOTH OF THEM ALONG WITH "TSUGUHIRA" BECAME STUDENTS OF THE FAMOUS "YASUTSUGU 1st" GENERATION (PLEASE SEE GENEALOGY CHART), WHO WAS THE PERSONAL, AND FAVORITE SWORD SMITH TO "TOKUGAWA IEYASU". "KANESHIGE", HAD A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE "YAMANO" FAMILY OF SWORD TESTERS (SEE THE KANESHIGE PICTURED HEREWITH).  HE WORKED CLOSELY WITH "NAGAHISA" WHO PERFORMED THE MAJORITY OF THE TEST'S ON HIS BLADES. THIS RELATIONSHIP WAS PASSED ON TO "YASUSADA". NAGAHISA YAMANO, PERFORMED THE TEST ON THIS BLADE, AND THE MAJORITY OF HIS TESTED BLADES. IT IS MOST EXTRAORDINARY, THAT  3 BLADES WITH CUTTING TEST'S BY THESE FAMOUS MAKERS WHO STUDIED, WORKED, AND  IN ALL PROBABILITY SOCIALIZED TOGETHER OVER 350 YEARS AGO, WOULD BE UNITED TOGETHER TODAY. TO BE CONTINUED, WITH GENEALOGY CHART, AND PHOTOS.
 

History of Tameshigiri 
  

The oldest “Tameshigiri” documented in

Japanese history goes back to Heian era (794-).

Two swords were made by renowned swordsmiths

at that time by order of Tada Mitsunaka. One was

called “Hige Kiri” since it cut through beard and the

other was called “Hiza Maru” since it cut through

knee joint of the bodies of executed criminals used

for test cutting. Both swords were designated as

family treasures of Genji clan. The story was cited

in the first chapter of “Heike Monogatari (A Story of

Heike Clan)” and several other sword specialty

books written during the following centuries.

However, who made these swords and who actually

tested them is not clear. Neither sword exists any

longer.

During Kamakura era (1192- ), several

stories about Tameshigiri using stone as target

evolved. Stones and rocks that were said to be

tested with swords made by Kanenaga, Munechika

and others still exist. However, most of these

stories are fictional legends without reliable

documentation.

List of Wazamono or Token no Wazamono Ichiran(刀剣の業物一覧) is a list of 228 sword smiths.
FROM THE LIST PUBLISHED BY: "YAMANO ASAEMON", IN 1805.
  

Ryowazamono (GREAT MASTER WORKS)
 

PLEASE NOTE; THE WORKS OF "TSUGUHIRA", IS RATED IN THE NEXT GROUP, FOR SHARPNESS.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  


 

  

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION & SPECIFICATIONS

 Yasusada Katana with 3 body Tameshigiri

 

ERA:  1660

APPROXIMATE AGE OF BLADE: 346 Years

THE NAKAGO (tang): Ubu (original, untouched)

MEI: (makers signature): Yamato (no) Kami Yasusada

JIRI: (tang end): kuri 

MEKUGI ANA: (hole in tang for retaining peg): 1

 

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BLADE STYLE:  Shinogi-Zukuri (most popular style)

MUNE: (back ridge): Iori (peaked)

NAGASA: (length of cutting edge):  74.3 cm / 29 5/16”

SORI: (curvature): 0.8 cm / 1/4”

MOTOHABA: (width): 3.0 cm  / 1 ¼”

BOSHI: (tempering in point): Notare Komaru

KISSAKI: (point style): Ikubi  (medium point)

HAMON: (tempering, martensite): Notare mixed with Gonome, small Nie, Sunagashi

HADA: (blade grain style):  KoItame w/ Jinie, Ohada mixed near machi

 

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CONDITION: Pristine

KIZU: (flaws): None

POLISH: 100%

HABAKI:  Two piece gold

SHIRA SAYA (storage case)

 

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