Tanto by Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu Forged at the Toyama Mitsuru Estate w/ Aikuchi Koshirae

Sword Information:

Type: Tanto

Sugata: Hira-Zukuri

Mei: Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu (Kokuin of Toyama Mitsuru)

Date/Era: A lucky day in May, 1937

School/Den: Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu Mon, Student of Morioka Masayoshi and Miyaguchi Shigetoshi

Tradition: Soden-Bizen

Authentication/Papers: NBTHK Hozon

Sword Details:

Nagasa: 22.9 cm

Mihaba: 2.3 cm

Kasane: 0.48 cm

Nakago Jiri: Ubu, Kirijiri

Yasurime: Kiri

Mune: Iori Mune

Jihada: Masame

Hamon: Active Ko-Nie Deki, Gunome Midare w/ sweeping sunagashi

Boshi: Komaru w/ Short Turnback

Smith Information:


- Toko-Taikan: 2.8 Million Yen

Smith Details:

Shigetsugu (繁継), Shōwa (昭和, 1926-1989), Tōkyō – „Ikkansai Masateru“ (一貫斎正輝), „Ikkansai Kasama Shigetsugu“ (一貫斎笠間
繁継), „Kasama Shigetsugu kinsaku“ (笠間繁継謹作), „Kasama Ikkansai Shigetsugu hori-dōsaku“ (笠間繁継謹作彫同作), „Shigetsugu“
(繁継), civilian name „Kasama Yoshikazu“ (笠間義一), he was born on April 1st 1886 as son of Kasama Kan (笠間鏆) in Shizuoka
Prefecture, in 1899 he started an apprenticeship as swordsmith at his uncle Miyaguchi Shigetoshi (宮口繁寿), he signed in young years with
„Masateru“ (正輝), 1903 he went to Tōkyō where he was trained by Morioka Masayoshi (盛岡正吉), in Tōkyō he became later by invitation
of Kurihara Hikosaburō Akihide (栗原彦三郎昭秀) instructor at the forge „Nihontō-tanren-denshūjo“ (日本刀鍛錬伝習所), from about
1935 he also forged temporarily at the residence of the nationalist Tōyama Mitsuru (頭山満, 1855-1944) in Tōkyō´s Shibuya (渋谷), with
the ban on swords and sword forging issued by the allies in 1945 he retired to Kamagayaa (鎌ケ谷) in Chiba Prefecture where he died at
March 12th 1965 at the age of 80, he was an excellent horimono carver, due to an illness in 1938 and 39 he was struggling with symptoms of
paralysis, it is said that from that time onwards, he focused mostly on the carving of horimono, it is also said that all signatures in grass script
are daisaku works of his students and that he signed always in block script, he worked mainly in the Bizen style and applied a chōji-midare
or a slanting gunome-chōji

From Markus Sesko's, "Index of Japanese Swordsmiths"

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