Sagami (no) Kami Yasuyuki
Jidai: Edo period – Enpō circa 1673
Habaki: 1-piece gold foil
Sugata: shinogi zukuri katana
Jitetsu: ko-itame with chikei
Hamon: suguha with ko-ashi
Kanteisho: Murakami Kosuke
This is a simply wonderful Owari shinto katana attributed to Sagami (no) Kami Yasuyuki. The Yasuyuki line of smiths comes from Mino province, but moved to Nagoya during the Keicho period. This sword would be by the nidai Yasuyuki, who worked during the Enpō period in early Edo. Yasuyuki has a rating of Chu-Jo Saku in Fujishiro and 2,200,000 Yen in the Toko Taikan.
This is what I would consider a connoisseurs sword. The hamon is an exceptionally tasteful and well executed suguha in ko-nie with numerous ashi. The nioi-guchi is very bright and consistent. While new collectors may tend towards more flashy hamon, this sword has a beautiful and subtle hamon that you would never tire of. The jigane is a tight ko-itame with chikei and thick ji-nie. The sword is o-suriage with a well-cut bo-hi ending in marudume. This Yasuyuki is in an excellent state of polish with a high-quality gold-foil habaki. The shirasaya, though made in Japan, is not of professional quality and will need to be replaced. The price is very reasonable for a flawless papered and polished sword of this quality.
This sword received its attribution to Sagami (no) Kami Yasuyuki by Murakami Kosuke. He was a kantei student of Hon’ami Koson and editor of the sword journal Touen.
Price: $2,400 (plus shipping & PayPal)