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Japanese Katana

by Yasuyuki

SKU 1047643

Date Added 06/29/2022

# Available 1

Price $1,995.00


YASUYUKI KATANA - Enpo Era (1673-1681)


A very well forged Shinto katana by Sagami no Kami Yasuyuki. No chips or scratches in the blade which is exceptionally sharp.


The katana was  examined by Japanese experts at the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK) Shinsa in Chicago. They determined  that it was made by Yasuyuki during the Enpo era (1673 - 1681).


They graded it 73 out of 100.  Normally all scores 70 and above can be documented with papers.   However, it was not recorded since they judged that it had been retemperd by an unknown smith after its original making. 


There is some evidence it was originally a tachi (long sword) that was shortened to a katana.  After shortening it was retempered. Whether that retempering was done by Yasuyuki or by another smith is unknown.


●     Blade is 60 cm long, approximately 2 shaku

●     2 cm wide at tip

●     3 cm wide at start of tang

●     Two grooves (hi) bo-hi ni tsure-hi chiseled

●     Ridgeline raised (shinogi takashi) with narrow upper area, top ridge is high (mune-takashi)

●     Tang is funa-gata v-shape (Kengyo) with some file marks. The grooves continue into the tang which is some evidence that it could be a tachi shortened to katana length.


The blade is in an inexpensive shira saya (wood casing).


The following is a scan of the scoring documentation by  NTHK.

Product Details

Blade Length 23

Overall Length 30.75

Weight (oz) 20

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Hidden Tang, Has Sheath

Blade Material Carbon Steel

Blade Details Upswept/Trailing

Handle Material Wood

About the Maker

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