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Shinsakuto by Nobuyoshi
Made at the request of Murakami Takashi*
This Shinsakuto was made by Tetsuzanshi Nobuyoshi from the Iwate prefecture, Japan. He was born as Sugawara Taira in 1919 and is still living yet today. This sword is very impressive, the size and weight of it reminds us of other swords that were dedicated to shrines. Nobuyoshi was a student of 8th Generation Hokke Saburo Nobufusa (deceased 2000). He won prizes 18 times in NBTHK New Swords Exhibition. He also had swords on exhibition 3 times in the same exhibition. He is a member of the All Japan Swordsmith assoc. He used traditional forging techniques including the smelting of his own steel from iron-rich river sand. The blade has some small openings, also with a slight scratch, but none detracts from its beauty. This sword has o-kissaki (large point) with itame hada and choji-midare hamon. The tang is signed Tetsuzanshi Nobuyoshi, dated Heisei 1st year, 7th month (1989, July), made at request of Murakami Takashi*. The measurements are: Nagasa (cutting edge) 30″ ~ 76.2 cm, Sori (curvature) 1 1/16″ ~ 2.7 cm and Motohaba (width) 1 1/2″ ~ 3.8 cm. In 2004 Sugawara Taira (Nobuyoshi) lived @ 16-2 Aza Shimotorigami, Daito-cho, Higashi-iwai-gun, Iwate-ken.
*Murakami Takashi is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.
Solid Silver habaki
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