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Katana : "Tsuda Echizen no Kami Sukehiro"

Mei : "TSUDA ECHIZEN (NO) KAMI SUKEHIRO"
        "KANBUN7 NEN 2 GATSU HI"

Province : Settsu

Age: Early Edo

Tradition : Shinto-toku-den

School : Sukehiro

Dimensions : Ha-watari - 76.4 cm. / Sori - 1.67 cm.

Sugata . The blade is in shinogi-zukuri with iori-mune and has a little wide mi-haba, thick kasane, shallow sori and extended chu-kissaki.

Jihada : Dense ko-itame-hada with abundant ji-nie and fine chikei and the jigane is clear and beautiful.

Hamon : O-gunome-midare becomes toran-ba and consists of thick and bright ko-nie accompanied with thick and bright nioi-guchi then thick ashi are seen inside the hamon.

Boshi : Sugu then turns back in ko-maru with a little long kaeri.

Nakago : Ubu and kengyo tip, sujikai with kesho-yasuri and a mekugi-ana.

Remarks : Sukehiro was bornUchide Village of Settsu Province in 1637 and went to Osaka and became a student of Soboro Sukehiro. It is said that he was adopted by his teacher afterwards and sbstituted for his father-in-law.
He was titled as Echizen no Kami in 1658 then created a uniqe hamon called 'Toran-ba or Toran-midare' (Surging waves pattern).
He suddenly died in 1682 at the age of 46 but had obtained a reputation as one of the greatest master smiths in Kanbun-shinto times as well as Inoue Shinkai and Nagasone Kotetsu .
He is also good at sugu-ha and match for 1st Tadayoshi of Hizen province as master smith of sugu-ha.




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