Long Sword (Katana) by Sukemitsu
This is an antique long sword (katana) by the master swordsmith Sukemitsu who worked in the town of Osafune along the banks of the Yoshii River in Bizen Province. The temper pattern (hamon) is very dynamic and shows a style which is almost like billowing flames composed of whitish invisible martensite crystals (nioi) mixed with darker horizontal lines of visible crystals of martensite (chikei). Areas of sword above the temper pattern containing large visible crystals of martensite (ji-nie) in addition to a large forging pattern (o-hada). Please refer to the photographs for reference. The unaltered shape of this long sword has a ridgeline on both sides of the blade and a defined tip (shinogi-zukuri). Sukemitsu worked during Eikyō Era (1429 -1441 CE).
The sword is signed on one side (Bishū Osafune Sukemitsu 備州長船祐光). On the other side is the date (Eikyō ⓍⓍ nigatsu he 永享ⓍⓍ二月日). The year of the Eikyō Era is not readable but later part of the inscription references a day in the second month (March). The antique long sword comes in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya) with an inscription (saya-gaki) written by Honma Junji sensei. It also has a nice one-piece copper blade collar (habaki) with a very nice applied texture. The cutting-edge length (nagasa) of this sword is 61.2 cm (24.5 inches). The overall length is 86.0 cm (34.4 inches). The overall condition of the sword is excellent for its age in an old art polish with a few minor nicks along the back of the blade that are the results of old combat damage.
The sword was appraised to be authentic, good quality, and worthy of historical preservation by the NBTHK (Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword) at the Japanese Sword Museum in Tokyo, Japan. It was appraised on 06/10/1973, Appraisal ID# 292226. More information about the NBTHK and the Japanese Sword Museum can be found here: https://www.touken.or.jp/.
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