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Gassan Sadakazu Tanto, Bakumatsu Style Koshirae, Double Tokubetsu Kicho Certification

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Gassan Sadakazu tanto, with Bakumatsu style koshirae, with fittings by Shoami Masamitsu. Double Tokubetsu Kicho certification, one for the blade and one for the koshirae

  • Age: Shinshinto, Edo Jidai, Bakumatsu
  • Nagasa: 27,4cm
  • Sori: 0,3cm
  • Moto-haba: 2,8cm
  • Saki-haba: 2,0cm
  • Moto-kasane: 0,7cm
  • Saki-kasane: 0,5cm
  • Mei: 月山貞一造 - Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru (Kao) and commission
  • Certificates: koshirae (Tokubetsu Kicho, 04/05/1970, specially precious item), Tanto (Tokubetsu Kicho, 5/4/1970, specially precious item).

Description: Shinshinto period tantou signed Gassan Sadakazu, mounted in typical Bakumatsu koshirae. U no kubi zukuri sugata, powerful masame hada with scattered sparkling nie, suguha hotsure hamon that lead to an average kaeri boshi. This tantou is among Sadakazu's first period blades, Yamato style. Most important the presence of the commission inscribed on the tang, indicating the highest quality level. This blade's nakago is signed with Gassan Sadakazu tsukuru mei , owl's kao with sada character inside and commission. Koshirae is of highest level, typical of Bakumatsu period, with kodogu made of shakudo, shibuichi, gold and silver. Details are incredibly fine made by master Shoami Masamitsu, which signature with kao in inscribed on the back of kozuka. Every kodogu is of the highest level, from tsuba's pitting to kojiri's peony, from details on fuchi and kashira to the scene depicted on kozuka where a monkey, a rabbit and a frog are sitted around the go table. The kogatana is signed 日本鍛冶宗匠雷除伊賀守藤原金道 - nihon kaji sōsho raijo iga no kami fujiwara kinmichi (wazamono), 2nd generation, Kan'ei period 1624-1644, which real name was Mishina Kanbei; on the blade is inscibed a chrisantemum. The hada is itame mixed with masame, while hamon is gunome midare. The tsunagi is skillfully crafted, with detachable habaki made of magnolia. Gassan Sadakazu is ranked JoJoSaku and both certificates are of Tokubetsu Kicho level.
 
Since this is my first item here the price is €8900 + shipping
 
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That is a beautiful piece.  It's hard to tell the state of the polish.  Would it benefit from a finish polish or is it just the photography with dust that makes it look this way?  I love the masame hada!  

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The first part of the signature on ura side refers to the person the tanto was forged for (please read extract from Metropolitan Museum volume 5 1972 on Sadakazu value topic). The blade need no polish at all, the photographs have been taken with a mid level camera and show dust on the blade.

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I don't like kao and lack of depth of some tagane

Apparently the NBTHK do not share your feelings and, as I understand it discussion of items for sale is not part of the deal unless you wish to express admiration.

 

All the best.

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Apparently the NBTHK do not share your feelings and, as I understand it discussion of items for sale is not part of the deal unless you wish to express admiration.

 

All the best.

 

You should know that old papers are not reliable nowadays..

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The first part of the signature on ura side refers to the person the tanto was forged for (please read extract from Metropolitan Museum volume 5 1972 on Sadakazu value topic). The blade need no polish at all, the photographs have been taken with a mid level camera and show dust on the blade.

 

That doesn't change the fact that the kao (not the seal) is not the one usually seen on Sadakazu blades. About the seal (stamp) both are used by Sadakazu.

 

Oh, i'm sure at 99% ura bears a nengo..

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The seal is absolutely in Sadakazu style, i'd like to remember that this blade has a NBTHK Tokubetsu kicho certificate. On ura side the first kanji indicate the commission, then there's the nengo.

Please refer to file attached.

Regards,

EmilianoExtract from The_Metropolitan_Museum_Journal_v_5_1972.pdf

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I know we are not really supposed to comment ongoing sales but I would second Jacques on the date to Keiō on ura side. Also I think it's the same thing on the blade featured in 1972 Metropolitan Museum volume 5 blade that has similar inscription start on ura side.

 

I believe that Keiō is written here is sōsho script similar to this.

 

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Here is an actual mei which has Keiō written in similar way: http://iidakoendo.com/1195/

 

I wish not to hinder the sales in any way. I think it's nice piece signed & dated (at least I think so) and papered.

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Brian,

 

Just so I'm clear, what is the rule where something is wrongly described? Are we allowed to correct an error?

 

Best,

John

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Which part of not discussing For Sale items do you not understand?

 

This is my last message on the subject. It is enyone's right to argue even the shinsa judges that emitted these papers. I don't. Honestly i don't feel myself above the Japanese masters selected by the NBTHK. That's it.

That said, i'd like to sell this item fast and at a fair prize, as i'd like to thank the NMB for the opportunity given to all of us to trade our items here. I'll reduce the price in time as much as i can. So the tanto will go to the first one to hold it. Hope this can create a good opportunity to collect an important nihonto.

Now €8500

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Brian,

 

Just so I'm clear, what is the rule where something is wrongly described? Are we allowed to correct an error?

 

Best,

John

I don't mind corrections of incorrect info. That is why I feel we should clarify the nengo/commission issue.

But no discussing papers, prices or quality. If people do not know by now the general feelings around papers, and especially old ones, then it is their problem. It has been adequately covered.

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I'm sorry i've been away for the last few days, but it was for a good reason. We finally received the permission to open a Branch of our activity in Japan (kyoto)! It'll be a long process and will take at least 12 to 18 months to estabilish the new shop but we are nonetheless excited about it. I'm really happy to reduce to €7900.

Regards,

Emiliano Lorenzi

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Stephen,

 

it actually sold for way more than that! Prices are in EUROS and there was am additional 30% comission fee. It sold for close to 18k USD!!!

 

The original asking price here at Euro 7900.00 was a steal in my oppinion.

 

I wasn't aware that the Tato had been offered here for sale, but was participating in the Czerny auction as I wanted this piece. The work looked just fine and the length of this Tanto was also very good as the Koshirae is.

 

18k is NOT a bargain but probably a value reflecting its current market value - given the signature is correct. I did not bother too do much Mei comparions. In this case it was the work easily confirming the smith who made it.

 

So unless I am wrong and this is realyl Gimei, then  the deal offered on the board was just excellent! On this board thre are often excellent deal and just the sales section her emakes it well worth to sign up with NMB.

 

Whoever is now the owner of this piece: Congrats. What a beautifull piece by a really important maker.

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