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Greetings to all,

 

Moving few blades to new caretakers to fund my new terrace and perhaps a new nihonto. So anyone interested in high quality ”younger” blades, heads up. Special thanks to Joe, previous owner of two of them, for lending me his website and descriptions plus photos.

 

First one is a gassaku blade by Miyaguchi Ikkansai Toshihiro (Yasuhiro) and his son Miyaguchi Tsunetoshi

 

Small transcipt to romanji courtesy of Markus Sesko:

 

Ise-jingû go-jinpô-ken no yotetsu o motte

“made from steel that was left over from making a treasure sword for the Ise Shrine”

Tôto-jû Miyaguchi Ikkansai Toshihiro dô Tsunetoshi kinsaku

 

Shôwa kinoe-umadoshi chûshû kichijitsu

“on a lucky day in fall of the year of the horse of the Shōwa era [1954]”

Tanaka Shûichi-shi no motome ni kotae

 

Not sure about the reading of the commissioner's first name Shûichi. Can also be Hidekazu or Hideichi. The blade was made from steel that was left over from making a treasure sword for the Ise Shrine renewal ceremony. But it has to be understood in a positive way, i.e. not just as "leftover" steel but emphasizing that the very same selected/quality steel was used as for the sacred treasure sword replacement procedure.

 

Link to information and photos here, more on request.

 

https://www.jsc-mw.com/miyaguchitoshihirotsunetoshidaito

 

Asking 8500€ for this magnificent blade made of highest quality of materials.

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Second blade is from Ozawa Masatoshi a student of Miyaguchi Toshihiro a long and massive ububa blade.

 

Link to photos and information here:

 

https://www.jsc-mw.com/ozawamasatoshidaito

 

Asking 6000€ for this one, beautiful activities to study and marvel. Please feel free to ask more photos and information.

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Third and last but not least is blade by Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa, long and beautiful blade made on order.

 

Few photos from Aoi below and here is the translation courtesy of Markus Sesko on both mei and sayagaki:

 

Mei:

”Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa kore ko seitan (酒井一貫斎繁政精鍛之, “carefully forged by Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa”) – Setsuyō Amagasaki-jū Negi e -shi no motome ni kotae (應摂陽尼崎住根木栄英氏需, “made on orders of Mr. Negi Shigehide, resident of Amagasaki of former Settsu province”)

Shōwa tsuchinoe-umadoshi jūgatsu tōka (昭和戊午年十月十日, “October 10 in the year of the horse of the Shōwa era [1978]”)”

 

Sayagaki:

 

”鑑査 酒井一貫斎繁政精鍛之

昭和戊午十月十日刃長弐尺四寸七分有之

平成弐年五月上浣 龍水子識之「花押」

 

Mukansa – Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa kore o seitan

Shōwa tsuchinoe-uma jūgatsu tōka hachō 2 shaku 4 sun 7 bu kore ari Heisei ninen gogatsu jōkan Ryūsuishi kore o shirusu + kaō

 

Carefully forged by the mukansa Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa

On Otober 10 in the year of the horse of the Shōwa era (1978) – Blade length ~ 74.8 cm Written by Ryūsuishi in the first third of May of 1990 + kaō”

 

Blade information and measurements courtesy of Aoi Art:

 

Katana in Shirasaya (guarantee NBTHK Hozon Token) has NTHK NPO papers

 

Signature : Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa Seitan No

 

Mune Tame #33 birthday Born commemoration Ou Setuyo Amagasaki Negi Eiei Uji Jyu Showa 53 Nen 10 Gatsu 10 Hi

 

Sayagaki :Mukansa Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa Kitae No Syowa Tsuchinoe Uma Nen Oct. 10th

 

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)

 

This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.

The blade is polished by good polisher.

Habaki : Gold failed double Habaki.

 

Blade length : 75cm or 29.5 inches.

Sori : 2.1 cm or 0.83 inches.

Mekugi : 1

Width at the Hamachi : 3.13 cm or 1.23 inches.

Width at the Kissaki : 2.3 cm or 0.9 inches.

Kasane : 0.66 cm or 0.25 inches.

Era : Showa 53 (1978)

 

Shape : The blade is long, wide and thick with deep sori, nice looking shape.

Jigane : Koiitame hada well grained with jinie attach clear nice texture.

Shinogiji : Koitame hada small samanagare hada.

Hamon : Niedeki gunome midare with ashi. Midarekomi style Boshi.

 

Special Feauture : Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa was called sakai Shigeru. Showa 8th year he enrolled in Yasukuni Tanrenjyo (Yasukuni forging workplace)

Showa 16th Rikugun Jyumei Tosho. His forging period in Yasukuni Shrine.

He became Mukansa swordsmith in Showa 56, Mukansa sword smith is strictly choosen by NBTHK. He was good at Toshinbori(blade engraving) and made excellent engraving works.

 

From AOI Art : This splendid blade looks Hosokawa Masayoshi’s works.

The orderer was Negi Eiei, one of the famous Japanese sword connoisseurs, so that the blade is forged very well.

Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

 

 

Asking 8000 € for this one, please feel free to drop me a line to get more information or discuss sales.

 

All prices are asking prices, will negotiate a bit on them, especially if you are in a mood to start your own Ikkansai collection by acquiring more than one of them. :)

 

Have a splendid day everyone!

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Thank you for the kind words gentlemen! Like stated, can negotiate some on the prices so do not be afraid to get in touch to start your collection of these ”newish” blades. :)

 

-Antti

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Due to the fact that spring is here and winter is coming (terrace needs to be done), will drop prices from all of the blades 500€ so:

 

Gassaku blade: 8000€

 

Masatoshi: 5500€

 

Shigemasa: 7500€

 

get in touch to acquire these lovely blades. :)

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Dropping 250€ from all the prices so going on rather good prices.

 

Gassaku: 7750 €

Shigemasa: 7250 €

Masatoshi: 5250 €

 

-Antti

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For our dollar spending people (usd, not aud do mind :D )

 

Gassaku: 8650 $

 

Shigemasa: 8090 $

 

Masatoshi: 5860 $

 

So a very good time to spend your hard earned dollars it seems andbad for us europeans to sell...

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Adjusted a bit for rounder numbers, so now:

 

Gassaku: 8600$

 

Shigemasa: 8000$

 

Masatoshi: 5800$

 

-Antti

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And just to note, deploying in three weeks so if interested in more info or photos etc., please contact before that, will delay responses and sales when deployed.

 

And like said, ready to negotiate prices so... :)

 

Br,

 

Antti

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And one last drop to get these moving before I am travelling abroad and away from my precious nihonto. :D

 

Gassaku: 8200$

 

Shigemasa: 7500$

 

Masatoshi: 5400$

 

-Antti

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And one more try with small drop to the prices:

 

Gassaku: 8000$

 

Shigemasa: 7000$

 

Masatoshi: 5100$

 

One week to go before I am off, please contact before that if you need more details or are interested in acquiring these.

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Greetings from the old hippie trail region!

 

Bumping back up these beautiful Ikkansai blades.

 

Still available, and will be back home for R&R early August so shipping is a bit slow.

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Bumping this up, blades still available. Will be on leave for one more week then back to the lovely mountains.

 

Br,

 

Antti

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Renovations paid for by other means so raising the prices back up a bit.

 

Gassaku: 8300$

 

Shigemasa: 7500$

 

Masatoshi: 5400$

 

-Antti

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