Very rare and healthy Kamakura blade from the Yamato Shikkake School. This is a very outstanding blade as it is very healthy and exhibits all of the characteristics of what a good Shikkake blade should have. The gorgeous grain pattern is what one likes to see in an older blade. But, what is more appealing is the fine thick nie in the sugu gunome hamon. There is much activity as well, long kinsuji and sunagashi run the whole length of the hamon through the ashi. This is the classic “great” work of the Yamato Shikkake School, and this blade is a very fine example. The nie is so abundant within the hamon, yet it has a soft appeal. Usually this is a sign of a good Koto blade. Large chikei, with much ji nie are seen in the Itame-Masame hada as well.
The shape is that of a Kamakura tachi, many Shikkake blades are from the later Nanbokucho period. Kamakura examples are more rare. The ikubi kissaki shows the style of the Kamakura boshi well as it is very healthy. Strong kinsuji and hakkikake make up the activity in the boshi. The blade really resembles the work of Norinaga, who is one of the most famous of the Shikkake smiths. Classic Yamato den blades are very enjoyable due to their nie deki hamons. The Shikkake School flourished during the 1300’s, their blades were wanted by many Samurai as they were well known for their high quality as well as cutting ability. In a gorgeous polish , nice gold foiled habaki and new shirasaya with a sayagaki by Tanobe sensei from the NBTHK stating that this is a very good example of this school, and that it is from the late Kamakura period. The condition and quality along with the healthiness of this sword tells us to suggest to whoever purchases this blade, should one day submit it to the NBTHK Juyo Token Shinsa.
1300’s (Kamakura period)
Unsigned – NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token to Yamato Shikkake
Sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro of the NBTHK