Etchu no Kami Masatoshi

MASATOSHI katana, early shinto;

mei: Etchu no Kami Masatoshi;
sugata: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune;
nagasa: 71.3 cm, sori 1.8 cm, motohaba 2.91 cm, sakihaba 2.23 cm, kasane 0.6 cm;
kitae: small itame hada, obvious grain, much ji-nie and active ji-gane;
hamon: nie-deki gunome midare with deep nioiguchi, many stroung gunome,abundant nioi and nie;
boshi: chu kissaki, midare komi, pointed ko-maru, nioi and nie, with short kaeri;
nakago: ubu, but mune have been moved to shorten blade slightly, two holes, go-ji mei;
[Mino-to: p. 114, 260];
This is shodai Etchi no Kami Masatoshi of Mishina Ha of Yamashiro; he was the fourth son of Seki Kanemichi and moved from Seki to Kyoto; worked in Genwa (1615) to Kanei (1624+) eras; typically made wide blades and was renown for quality workmanship and style.
(oshigata from Aoi Arts, Tokyo)

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