I received this very high-quality consignment a few days ago. This is a osuriage mumei Kamakura period blade attributed (at the Tokubetsu Hozon level) to Yamato Taima. Taima is one of the five schools of the Yamato tradition and is the one which is closest to Soshu. There are many cases where Taima blades have gone back and forth between attributions to Soshu Yukimitsu, the Shintogo student who was a senior pupil alongside Masamune. Top level Taima blades often have an extremely beautiful nie-deki hamon with great depth of activity, descending to the ha. Jitetsu will be thickly overlaid with ji-nie and strands of connected nie (chikei). That describes this blade perfectly and it could be taken for an early Soshu work. The hamon is simply filled with hataraki and will give the viewer much to study and enjoy. The blade is slender and has a relatively small kissaki (ko-kissaki) that is brushed with hakikkakae. For a Kamakura blade, the piece remains very healthy and has no issues. It is in a shirasaya with wooden habaki. Nagasa is 56.7cm, moto-haba: 26mm, saki-haba: 16mm, kasane: 6mm. I will update this listing shortly with additional photos, including the Tokubetsu Hozon kanteisho, shirasaya and a full length photo of the blade.

$5,500 (plus shipping and PayPal).

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