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Tametsugu (NBTHK Juyo-Token)

Japanische Schwert Galerie

Tametsugu from Echizen province is said to be the son of "Go-Yoshihiro".
The piece offered here is very healthy (kenzen) and shows the exceptional and at the same time typical characteristics of Tametsugu.

The blade is shortened, o-suriage and thus has become mumei. This distinct masterpiece is more reminiscent of Go-Yoshihiro, as the hardening of the hamon is made of very fine ko-nie.  This blade has a normal to slightly wider mihaba and an elongated kissaki, thus showing a sugata of the Nanbokucko period. The jigane occurs as o-hada with nagare in places as well as chickei and abundant ji-nie, the work being recognizable as a so-called "hokkoku-mono" due to the nature and tendency of the hada to stick out. The ha consists of a broad nioiguchi with plenty of thick nie, repeated sunagashi and hotsure mixed in, as well as kinsuji.

Despite shortening, the blade still has a stately length of 72.5 cm. The sori is 1.6 cm, motohaba 2.9 cm, sakihaba 2.0 cm.
The shaping is a shino-zukuri with mitsu-mune. The kitae consists of itame mixed with mokume, which occurs alks o-hada, plus some nagare, chikei, and abundant ji-nie in places. The hamon is a flat curved notare-cho with repeating sunagashi and hotsure mixed in, lots of nie and wider nioi-guchi, abundant kinsuji as well as yubashiri and tobiyaki. The boshi has lots of hotsure and hakikake. The bohi incised on both sides makes the sword look very elegant.  

Tanobe sensei examined the blade in 2005 in the year of the rooster and recorded his impressions as saya-gaki on the shira-saya.
This reads: Echizen no kuni Tametsugu, become mumei by o-suriage. According to tradition, this blacksmith was the son of Norishige, or the disciple of Norishige, who later moved to the province of Mino.
This blade shows the typical characteristics of this smith as well as an excellent deki, which only bristles with the ambition of this smith.
Chin chin cho cho (very rare very valuable)! Blade length just over 2 saku 3 sun 9 bu. Bugutachten and confirmed by Tanzan on an auspicious day in the fourth month of the cock of the period Heisei.
This blade has reached the Juyo token in the course of the 41st session (1995) of the NBTHK.
The sword has a shira-saya with saya-gaki and a replacement paper of the Juyo token of the NBTHK.

This blade is described in the catalog "Swords of the Nihonto Club Germany".


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