An Echizen katana | Signed Echizen Yasutsugu kore o tsukuru | Edo period, 17th century
Property from a Private Collector
An Echizen katana
Signed Echizen Yasutsugu kore o tsukuru
Edo period, 17th century
Sugata [configuration]: Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, tori-zori, chu-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: Ko-mokume hada, becoming itame in places
Hamon [tempering pattern]: Ko-midare hamon, wider to the monouchi, in ko-nie deki
Boshi [tip]: Suguha with very short kaeri
Nakago [tang]: Kengyo nakago-jiri, signed Echizen Yasutsugu kore o tsukuru, nanban tetsu (made by Yasutsugu from Echizen, with western steel)
Habaki [collar]: Copper-gilt clad
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard] with sayagaki by Dr. Kanzan Sato
Nagasa [length from kissaki to machi]: 54.6 cm., 21⅛ in.
Saki-haba [width at the yokote]: 2.1 cm., ¾ in.
Moto-haba [width at the machi]: 2.9 cm., 1⅛ in.
The katana in good condition overall.
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Originating from a family line of swordsmiths in Omi Province, the first Yasutsugu established himself in Echizen as a retainer of Matsudaira Hideyasu (1574-1607), son of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616). Yasutsugu’s efforts garnered him the privilege to use the character derived from the shogun’s name, yasu, as the first character for his own name. His evident favour with his lords further extended to the right to engrave the tang of his blades with the shogunate’s hollyhock crest (aoi mon). The later generations of the school alternately worked both in Echizen and Edo. Inscribed on the blade is nanban tetsu [lit. southern barbarian steel], referring to the metal brought over by European merchants in the sixteenth century, and later by the Dutch who held exclusive trade rights with Japan during the Edo period.