Mei: Hachidai ju Yoshitsugu Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu Gassaku. It is dated on the reverse: Heisei 3 nen 12 gatsu kiti jitsu (December 1991).
Sugata: Naginata-naoshi, shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.
Overall length: 38.82 inches (986.00 mm)
Nagasa: 29.76 inches (756.00 cm) long.
Nakago: Ubu,9.06 inches (230.00 mm), kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana. The yasurime are katte-sagari.
Kissaki: O-kissaki, 4.04 inches (102.72 mm). The boshi is gunome midare with ko-maru.
Moto-haba: 1.41 inches (36.00 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.29 inches (7.27 mm). Saki-haba: 1 .26 inches (32.10 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.23 inches (5.80 mm).
Sori: 0.78 inches (20.00 mm)
Hamon: Nie-deki gunome midare with thick nioi-kuchi. There are many sunagashi and small, weak kinsuji in the ha.
Hada: Ko-itame hada. Well grained, with ji-nie and small chikei.
Very good polish with very minor surface scratches. As the photographs show, every detail of the workmanship can be seen. No flaws, ware, chips, hagirae or bends.
In shirasaya. Silver one-piece habaki.
This blade is Gassaku, a joint work by Kanetsugu and his pupil, Yoshitsugu. Gassaku swords are quite rare. It is also gigantic.
Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu,a Kyushu smith, was born in Showa 26 (1952/1953). He is the son of swordsmith Kimura Kaneshige, and the oldest of the three Akumatsutaro brothers, the other two being Kaneteru and Kaneyoshi.
He was a student of Tanigawa Moriyoshi when he won the Nyusen and Doryokusyo prizes at NBTHK swordsmithing contests. He has since won the Nyusen prize nine times. He is well-known for making large patterned and extravagant works that have a close resemblence to famed works from the Nambokucho period, the Soshu/Bizen school or which are reproductions of Minamoto Kiyomaru. This particular sword is very, very similar to a Soshu Ichimonji naginata-naoshi katana sold by Christies in November 2011 that was attributed to Kamakura Ichimonji Sukezane (circa 1250). The Sukezane went for £70k
Yoshitsugu is the pupil of Kanetsugu and is of the Tanigawa Moriyoshi. Yoshitsugu has won a Nyusen prize and Doryokusyo prize.
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