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#1 barnejp


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:40 AM

Hello Everyone,


Looking for a Gassan Katana: Showa period with NBTHK certification.


Thank you,



#2 Bob M.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:06 AM

Hi Greg ,


Your requirements would push you towards swords by Gassan Sadakatsu. These are sought after and therefore attract premium prices.


A lot of these swords are only papered to Hozon level in order to verify authenticity - this should not be taken as an indication of the quality of the piece , indeed some Sadakatsu blades likely figure amongst Juyo graded work , when the new NBTHK specifications fully take effect. This in itself will tend to harden values if only by a 'knock on' effect.


Still a good potential investment ( as far as swords go ).


Best of Luck !



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#3 cisco-san


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:09 PM



here you are:


(even it is in HOLD status)


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:25 PM

Sadakatsu is the best (IMO) and first example, but if his prices make you queezy - like Skakes make me queezy ;-) - You can look for the following:

1. Gassan Sadaichi (貞一)

-- Son of Gassan Sadakatsu.  Made Mukansa in 1967.

2. Gassan Sadatoshi 

-- Made mukansa in 1982, along with the Yoshihara brothers.  Son of Sadaichi.

2. Enomoto Sadayoshi (貞吉)

-- Student of Sadakatsu.  He made Mukansa in 1996.  While not a Gassan, he was a damn good smith and rivaled in quality any of the Sadakatsu students (IMO)

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 11:32 PM

Enomoto Sadayoshi was an excellent Gassan smith and signed with the mei Hattori Tansho (服部鍛刀所) and Hattori Tansho Yoriyoshi (服部鍛刀所頼吉) during the war. Even though he was very young when he was working during war, he had already developed stylistic traits at that time that are seen in his later work. I have seen and owned several Yoriyoshi and they were very high quality swords. 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 01:30 AM

And to clarify my comment, Sadayoshi is a Gassan smith but not a smith named gassan.

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