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SA Wakizashi Tokubetsu Hozon (Sue-Sa O-Sa Ichimon Naginata Naoshi)


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Hi everyone,

I'm very pleased to be offering a 14th century Sa school wakizashi.


Listing Information:


NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Early to Mid Nanbokucho Period (1360s AD)

Shirasaya with horn inserts

51CM Nagasa, 20"

Very active hamon with togari points, hako, and sunagashi

Mokume with "tree rings" as expected

Located in NYC

Will and have shipped nihonto worldwide

Payment Methods Accepted : Check, PayPal, Transfer
Price and Currency :  6350 USD + shipping

Details: This sword was polished last year by Mr. Akio Muraki. A habaki was made
from solid silver in a style often found in Kyushu where the sword was made.
Originally a Naginata, this blade has been shortened, but not by much. The polisher
believed this to be a late Kamakura blade, and to have only been shortened at the

The NBTHK attributed this blade to a student of Samonji, whose real name was
Saemon Saburo Yasuyoshi. Samonji is considered one of the top swordsmiths of all
time; he is also known by the name “Ō-Sa”, or “The Great Sa,” since he used the kanji
“Sa” (左) to sign his swords.

Samonji worked in Chikuzen, in Kyushu, but he
differentiated himself from the local tradition around 1340-50 and began to work in
the Sōshū style. O-Sa is considered to be one of Masamune’s famous Juttetsu or “Ten
Disciples.” O-Sa brought nie-based hataraki, such as kinsuji and sunagashi, to Kyushu.
Another characteristic of Sa blades is the irregularity of the yakihaba. According to
Kokan Nagayama, the hamon starts with a small pattern called “Samonji Koshiba,” and
the width gradually increases toward the top. Kokan Nagayama also indicates that
O-Sa’s students’ work features nie zake, and we can see that in this blade. Boshi,
referred to as “Sa boshi” have distinguishing midare with saka ashi in the shape of a
Jizo. The kaeri are long and the sashikomi polish has highlighted the excellent utsuri.

Samonji was also an active teacher, with several students. This Naginata Naoshi was
probably made by a direct pupil of Ō-Sa during the early Nanbokucho period. The
attribution made by the NBTHK reads “Naginata Naoshi Wakizashi - Sue-Sa; Ō-Sa
Ichimon”, meaning “Late-Sa; pupil of Ō-Sa”. “Sa” can mean “different” or “left” and
it is a fitting name for someone who dramatically changed nihonto in Kyushu.


The sugata is typical of the Mid-Nanbokucho period.

-@NYNihonto on IG and Facebook-


  Please feel free to ask any questions or request more photographs! Will be shipped with a quality oshigata suitable for framing, drawn by myself.

Thanks for looking!
















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