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Satsuma Koshirae--Tadpole Choji Hamon--5 Mekugi-Ana Katana

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#1 matthewbrice


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 04:11 PM

For Sale:   SATSUMA Japanese Samurai Sword -Old/Antique Katana Collection -TADPOLE CHOJI  $4,695 OBO



1660's-1670's A.D. Japanese Samurai katana available.  


This katana has beautiful Satsuma mounts.  The saya/scabbard is red in color with black horn and scrolled mounts.  

The tang/nakago on this sword is signed.  It reads, in part, Seki Sada.  The rest of the signature was cut off.  

This sword has remounted at least 4 different times from its original mounting.  There are 5 mekugi-ana in the nakago--including one hole that was partially filled.  


The blade measures 26 1/16" (66.2 cm) from blade tip to the habaki.  The habaki is beautiful, and is covered in Silver foil.  The menuki are mixed metal.  


The hamon on this sword is exceptional.  The hamon is extreme tadpole choji--very unusual, and very desirable among collectors.



The blade has no nicks.  The blade has some staining from the just the very beginnings of oxidation that started sometime in the past.  There are no openings of any kind in the hada.  The blade is perfectly straight.  The tsuka/handle is in perfect condition.  The red lacquer on the seam of the saya has chips.  


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 04:29 PM

Very nice Matt. This does not appear to be signed 'Seki Sada_'. My reading is 関善定兼__  (Seki Zenjō Kane__). The top of Kane is visible. This may possibly be Kaneyoshi (兼吉), Kanekado (兼門) or Kanetsugu (兼次).

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#3 matthewbrice


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:48 PM

Thank you, Ray.  Very kind of you to take a look and correct my reading of the signature.  


Thank you!







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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:23 PM

Nice sword--I'll have it in San Francisco for those that want to see it in person!




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