Ryujin Swords

Shinsakuto by Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu and Naoyuki

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Period: Heisei.

Mei: Higo no kuni jyu Naoyuki Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu Gassaku. It is dated on the reverse: Heisei 10 nen 9 gatsu kiti jitsu (September 1998).

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune, with bo-hi.

Overall length: 39.26 inches (997.00 mm)

Nagasa: 29.72 inches (755.00 cm) long.

Nakago: Ubu, 9.53 inches (242.00 mm), kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana. The yasurime are sujikai and the nakago-jiri is ha agari kurijiri.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.67 inches (42.34 mm). The boshi is irregular, ko-maru, with a deep turnback.

Moto-haba: 1.29 inches (32.80 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.28 inches (7.17 mm). Saki-haba: 0.96 inches (24.32 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.22 inches (5.57 mm).

Sori: 0.67 inches (17.05 mm)

Hamon: Nie-deki gunome midare with with some choji and thick nioi-kuchi.

Hada: Ko-itame hada. Well grained, with ji-nie and small chikei.

Blade condition:

Very good polish. As the photographs show, every detail of the workmanship can be seen. No flaws, ware, hagirae or bends.


In koshirae; see pictures.


This blade is Gassaku, a joint work by Kanetsugu and Naoyuki. Gassaku swords are quite rare.

Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu,a Kyushu smith, was born in Showa 26 (1952/1953) as Kimura Kanesada. He is the son of swordsmith Kimura Kaneshige, and the oldest of the three Akumatsutaro brothers, the other two being Kaneteru and Kaneyoshi. Kanetsugu 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.

Kanetsugu is the current head of the Akamatsu Taro school. He is considered to be a future Mukansa smith, in which case the value of his works will increase enormously.

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