<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Swordsmith Ryujin Ju Minamoto Sadashige 龍神住源貞茂, real name Adachi Shigefumi 安達茂文 was born in 1957 in Ryujin village in Walkayama prefecture.
He learned under his father smith Sadakusu 貞楠 then entered Gassan 月山 school where he learned under Gassan Sadakazu 月山貞一 who was designated as Intangible Cultural Property 間国宝. He has won numerous awards including Doryokusho in NBTHK New Sword Contests.
His carving skill has been said to be one of the best in Gassan school.
This beautiful wakizashi shows a brilliant Ayasugi Hada 綾杉肌 of Gassan school. On the blade there are carvings of last half part of a famous Japanese Waka 和歌 poetry by Motoori Norinaga 本居宣長 - " Shikishima no Yamato gokoro wo Hito towaba Asahi ni niou Yama-zakura-bana 敷島の大和心を人問わば 朝日ににおう山桜花 / Asked about the soul of Japan, I would say That it is Like wild cherry blossoms Glowing in the morning sun" and a wild cherry blossom".
This sword is a truly artistic, collectible piece which Japanese sword lovers dream of.
It has an ordinary blade weight and a width, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune 鎬造り庵棟. The curve is Nakamine.
<Hada - Forging>
The Jihada is of Gassan den Ayasugi 綾杉 and coarse Jinie granule attaches abundantly on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is of Nie-deki (a blade with predominantly small nie hamon) chusuguha (a medium-sized straight hamon) type and coarse white crystals(Aranie)shows up along the cutting edge.In the Hamon Suna-nagashi shows it's flowting sand-like pattern.
Boshi - temper line of the tip is full of hakikake and appears as kaen then turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
Tang is Ubu(original) and has a Kesho Yasuri(decorative) file marks. Tang end is Kurijiri shape.
Gold gilded copper base single Habaki in Osaka style.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
Polish: Freshly polished.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: There is a very thin line in Boshi area on Sashiura side.
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