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Toshiyoshi

Product No. WA-010 (俊吉) Toshiyoshi, same as Sukekane 祐包.
Sword type Wakizashi.
Omote/Mei Toshiyoshi Saku. 俊吉作
Ura Tenpô go nen ni gatsu hi. 天保五年二月日
Province, area Bitchū.
Era According to the date: Tenpô 1830-1844.
Date February 1834.

Dimensions

Nagasa 35.9cm
Sori 1.0cm
Motohaba 2.75cm
Sakihaba 1.97cm
Munekasane 0.72cm
Nakago 12.2cm

 

Registration

NBTHK Certificate n/a
Other certificate n/a
Rating Chu Jo Saku / Jo Saku.
Condition Good
Polished Yes. Blade is polished.
School Yokoyama?

 

Item Details

Shape Little, suitable sori, Maru mune or So no mune. Healthy blade
Sugata katakiriba-zukuri (片切刃造), also katakiriha-zukuri: Here one side is interpreted in hira-zukuri and the other in kiriba-zukuri. Sword with one side flat (no Shinogi).
Kissaki Ô-Kissaki.
Hamon Omote: Chôji –Gumone Hamon. Ura: Notare Hamon.
Jihada Ko-Itame hada.
Horimone Bizen osafune ju yokoyama Sukesada. 備前長船住横山祐定. As a tribute Toshiyoshi wrote the name Sukesada in the form of a Harimono on the blade.
Bōshi Ko maru Boshi.
Nakago Ubu, Katte sagari yasuri.
Mekugi-ana 1 mekugi ana.
Habaki Single copper base Habaki, with a little bid gold on the mune.
Koshirae A nice Koshirae with lovely sword fittings. The Saya is beautiful lacquer, with different colours show a jumping Squirrel. 
Shira-saya The blade is polished and stored in a Shirasaya.
Additional Information Little is known about this smith and therefore little can be found in the literature. The characters of the signature and the date look healthy with respect to the chisel slit of how it is applied to the Nagako. That in combination with the overall condition of this blade I describe this Nihonto as authentic.
History Toshiyoshi (寿吉), Hōreki (宝暦, 1751-1764), Owari – “Bishū-jū Toshiyoshi” (尾州住寿吉), “Toshiyoshi” (寿吉), first name Denshichi (伝七), according to tradition the son of the Kyōhō-era (享保, 1716-1736) 3rd gen. Jumyō (寿命), some sources list him also as student of the 4th gen. Jumyō, but the latter was active around Tenmei (天明, 1781-1789) 

Toshiyoshi (寿吉), Meiwa (明和, 1764-1772), Bizen – “Bizen Osafune-jū Yokoyama Takunoshin Toshiyoshi” (備前長船住横山宅之進寿吉), real name Yokoyama Takunoshin (横山宅之進), it is said that he signed later with Sukesada (祐定), he died in the sixth year of Meiwa (1769)

Toshiyoshi (寿賀), Kōka (弘化, 1844-1848), Bitchū – “Sugawara Toshiyoshi” (菅原寿賀), it is said that he signed later in his career with Toshizane (寿実), real name Maeda Tetsujirō (前田鉄次郎), the characters Toshiyoshi (寿賀) – with their Sino-Japanese reading juga – mean “congratulations for a long life,” such a congratulation concerns the 61st, 77th, and 88th birthdays, he was maybe the same smith as Toshimasa (寿政)

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