Bizen Osafune Ju Yokoyama Sukenaga with Choji Midare Hamon
Shinshinto antique samurai sword from the the school of the famed and great Yokayama master sword smiths, named blade of master Sukenaga.
The Yokayama school is considered by many to be one of the very best schools of sword making. The mounts are all original with dark blu-black silk ito wrap, the koshirae fittings are beautiful, Higo style, in coarse iron decorated with relief shellfish with small highlights in gold and silver. And the sukashi tsuba is an early iron tettsu o-sukashi tsuba decorated with samurai clan kamon, with a stunning large piercing of a distinctive patterning. It has deep thick hand crenellated cut twin seppa overlaid with gold. The saya is original edo period ishime stone finish lacquer, with it's matching bottom mount. The hamon on blade is absolutely stunning, an even choji. Bizen Osafune Ju Yokoyama Sukenaga,The unique choji midare was invented by Sukenaga.
Later on it was rated highly as the unique Yokoyama school hamon.
The Bizen Yokoyama school comes from the ancient lineage of Ko-Bizen, renowned for its masters. An essential feature from these Bizen forges comes from a local component, the steel called “Tetsu Bizen” (the steel from bizen), which was very pure and high quality. The sand was also very abundant being nearby the sea. Also the Asahigawa and the Yoshigawa rivers, with a very pure water, fed the forges. Furthermore the very woody surrounding forests supplied the ovens with coal. All these factors and the geographical situation, on the “Sanyodo” road, made this location the Mecca of the forge with such ideal conditions. Added with “Bizen”, Sukekana did carved the known name of the Osafune village, in the vicinity of the Okayama town, and more precisely, between Bizen and Setouchi, along the Yoshii river. There is a “Bizen Osafune” sword museum in Setouchi. The condition of the sword is very good indeed, and the fittings are very fine. Of all the weapons that man has developed since our earliest days, few evoke such fascination as the samurai sword of Japan. To many of us in the, the movie image of the samurai in his fantastic armour, galloping into battle on his horse, his colourful personal flag, or sashimono, whipping in the wind on his back, has become the very symbol of Japan, the Empire of the Rising Sun. And, truly, to the samurai of real life, nothing embodied his warrior's code of Bushido more than his sword, considered inseparable from his soul.
Indeed, a sword was considered such a crucial part of a samurai's life that when a young samurai was about to be born, a sword was brought into the bedchamber during the delivery. When the time came for an old samurai to die and cross over into the White Jade Pavilion of the Afterlife his honoured sword was placed by his side. Even after death, a daimyo, or nobleman, believed he could count on his samurai who had followed him into the next world to use their keen blades to guard him against any demons, just as they had wielded their trusty weapons to defend him against flesh-and-blood enemies in this life. In a samurai family the swords were so revered that they were passed down from generation to generation, from father to son. If the hilt or scabbard wore out or broke, new ones would be fashioned for the all-important blade. The hilt, the tsuba (hand guard), and the scabbard themselves were often great art objects, with fittings sometimes of gold or silver. The hilt and scabbard were created from the finest hand crafted materials by the greatest artisans that have ever lived. Often, too, they told a story from Japanese myths. Magnificent specimens of Japanese swords can be seen today in the Tokugawa Art Museum's collection in Nagoya, Japan.
40.5 inches long overall, blade tsuba to tip 29 inches long,