Katana - Koto Gassan

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Item #
SK-2

Price
USD
$13,750.00

Description

From the original Gassan School.  This is a Koto period Gassan Tachi.  The original Gassan School is famous for creating what is known as the very popular Ayasugi hada.  Koto period Gassan swords are not very common, most people only see those from the Shinshinto Gassan School or the later Gendai School made by makers such as Sadakazu and Sadakatsu.  These makers copied and revived this style of sword making due to the beautiful grain pattern that was created using these methods.  Healthy Koto Gassan swords are few due to the fact that there were not many made, and due to their age, not many survived.  This example that we offer here is still very healthy, with a beautiful elegant Tachi shape.  The Ayasugi grain pattern is very beautiful, along with the traditional ko-notare suguha hamon.   Accompanied with a beautiful perfect condition mounting consisting of a set of papered bird menuki, signed fuchi kashira (Signature looks genuine to us), and a very nice iron plate tsuba.  The handle wrapping is done in the style known as Jabara maki and is in perfect condition.  This is also known as a “string” wrap utilizing 4 strands instead of the more common 2 strand method. The fuchi kashira are shakudo nanako and have beautiful work utilizing gold for the highlites.  This is classic very nice work from the Nara School, and they are in wonderful condition.  The bird menuki are very very nice, made of shakudo with gold for the eyes.   Very well cut, they are almost to good to use in a mount. Scabbard is a pristine black shiny lacquer.  Mountings are on tsunagi (wooden blade), blade is in a new shirasaya with a very nice 2 piece silver foiled habaki done in the rare “Botan Yujo” that was used for later Gasssan blades during the 1900’s. 

For a collector that would like to have a very nice and perfect Koto Gassan blade with beautiful mounts.

Time Period
Blade is from the Koto period. Fuchi Kashira from the 1800’s. Menuki from the 1800’s. Tsuba from the 1700’s.
Signature
Blade unsigned attributed to “Gassan” NBTHK Hozon.
Menuki unsigned attributed to “Hamano School” NBTHK Kicho it also has a 2nd set of papers attributing the menuki to Ichinomiya Nagayoshi by the Hojin Kantei group.
Fuchi Kashira signed “ Nara Munetoshi Saku” no paper yet, but we believe this to be an authentic signature.
Dimensions
Length of cutting edge - 27 7/8
Width at Habakimoto - 1 1/8

Katana - Koto Gassan

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