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Wakizashi, Shirasaya
Oku Motohira
[ Signature ] omote : "薩陽士元平" (Satsu-yô-shi Moto-hira) ura : "安永六丁酉二月日"(An-ei roku hinoto-tori ni-gatsu-bi)
[ Size ] Blade length 54,0cm (1 shaku 7 sun 8 bu 2 rin), sori 1,4cm (4 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 3,17cm, moto-kasane 0,72cm, saki-haba 2,05cm, saki-kasane 0,48cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 467g , shirasaya length 76cm
[ Period ] Edo, second half of. 安永(An-ei) 6(1777)
[ Province ] Satsuma

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuiri. Inori-mune. Mihaba is wider at moto. There is a difference between moto and saki. Moderate sori attached. Chukissaki extended form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are suji-kais. Saki becomes narrower, taking ken-gyô form. One hole.
Jigane : Itame-hada, well grained. Ko-notare mixed. Deep nioi and nie attached well. Nie-tsuki in rough mode, kin-sujis, suna-gashi amd yu-bashiri appeared.
Hamon : Gunome-midare and ko-notares mixed. Deep nioi and nie attached well. Nie-tsuki in rough mode, kin-sujis, suna-gashi amd yu-bashiri appeared.
Boushi : It has many haki-kakes. Then, they turn in round.

OKU Motohirawa was OKU Motonao's son and heir. He was called Taka-zaemon. He was born in 延享元年(Enkyô 1(1744)). He was a hired swordsmith of Shimazu feudral lords of Satsuma province. He was as famous and big name as Hô-ki-no-kami Masayuki in same provice of Satsuma shin-shin-tô. In earlier periods, he signed such as "薩陽士元平" (Satsu-yô-shi Moto-hira) or "薩藩臣奥元平"(Satsu han-shin OKU Moto-hira). After he was honoured as Yamato-no-kami, he signed many swords as "奥大和守平朝臣元平" (Oku Yamato-no-kami Tira-no-asson Moto-hira) . He died in his 83 years old, "文政"(Bunsei) 9(1826).

He got high reputation in his life not only for his sword creating technique but his personality. Specifically, in the book titled "刀剣惑問"(Tô-ken waku-mon)((by 松村昌直 MATSUMURA Masanao):
"此人謹行ニシテ常アリ。兄弟和睦、挙家怨言ナク、又其右ニ出ルモノヲ猜ムコトナシ" (He worked hard as usual. The relationship between brother was so nice, no complaints, not jealous on skilled persons)
He had younger brothers, Mototake and Motoyasu specifically. Both of them helped Motohira well. They created swords with co-signature of each other or all of them three. Many applicants gathered at Motohira. In his pupils group, there were Sukehira, who owned orthodoxy of Bizen Osafune, Motonaga, who came from Owari Tokugawa family, one of three houses of Tokugawa and Motooki from far aparted Aizu province.

Referenced materials : "図録 薩摩の刀と鐔"(Zu-roku Sastsu-ma no katana to tsuba), by FUKUNAGA Suiken, Yû-zan-kaku publishing Shôwa 45(1970)

[ Conditions ] A little scratches observed. Polishment condition is excellent. There a tiny points of sumi-gomori.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, gold foiled, double), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya and "正真鑑定書"(shô-shin kan-têi sho) by "日本刀剣保存会"(Ni-hon tô-ken ho-zon-kai) issued on 7th July Shôwa 60(1985).

[ Item number ] A040217 [ Price ] JPY 450.000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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