Bishu Osafune Iesuke in Tachi Koshirae with NTHK NPO Certificate
Katana mumei atttributed to Bishu Osafune Iesuke late Nambokucho - circa 1390-1394. It is a very well made blade in a dense Itame hada, Hamon is ko midare with ko choji the boshi is sugu with slight kaeri, Nakago O suriage with 1 mekugiana.
Well cut bohi grooves, Iesuke was one of the great makers of the time and into the oei era. Iesuke along with Morimitsu ,Yasumitsu, Moromitsu and Tsuneie who were all leading swordmakers.
His blades are rare to find and very collectible this is an extremely healthy blade and even though suriage has a very good length.
Mounted in excellent Edo period koshirae, the saya is covered in printed Dutch leather which was very expensive and difficult to obtain during the Edo period. All matching fittings on the koshirae from shibuichi which are decorated in a fine katakiri bori design including the Dai seppa on the tsuba the menuki are high quality shakudo and gold. This is an excellent example of edo koshirae custom made to fit this Iesuke katana which would have been carried and used by an active Samurai. Blade is mounted in shirasaya and the koshirae has tsunagi fitted.
Kanteisho Appraisal No 9577
Katana - Den Bishu Osafune Iesuke
nagasa 2 shaku 3 sun yo kore ari Blade length ~ 69.7 cm
Non-Profit Organization Nihon Token Hozon Kai NTHK
Board Chairman : Miyano Teiji
meibun Signature: O - suriage and mumei
tsukurikomi Shape: shinogi - zukuri , iori - mune
kitae Forging: dense itame , tending to ko - itame
hamon Hardening: medium wide ko - midare that is mixed with ko - choji
boshi Hardening in tip: sugu - cho with a brief kaeri
chokoku Engravings: on both sides a b ohi with ryo - chi ri that runs with kaki -toshi through the tang
nakago â€’ Tang: mekugi - ana 2, yasurime : kiri
biko Remarks: around Meitoku ( 1390-1394)
shinsa in natsui in Seals of Judges: 6 seals
Several generations of Iesuke prospered from the Kamakura era into Nambokucho and then into the Muromachi below is a timeline
IESUKE , Ocho 1311-1312, Bizen â€“ â€śIesukeâ€ť , it is said that he was the son of the 2nd gen. Moriie , others say that he was the student of Hatakeda Morichika but Morichika was active around Kocho so much earlier , forged in dense itame, ko-choji-midare, choji-midare tending to gunome
IESUKE, Bunna ( 1352-1356), Bizen Iesuke, Bishu Osafune Iesuke, there exists a date signature of the second year of Bunna (1353), itame with some shirake, saka-midare with small and uniform yakigashira, also midareba with relative large gaps between the individual midare elements, we know mostly sunnobi-tantoŤ and hira-zukuri ko-wakizashi.
IESUKE , 1st gen., Oei ( 1394-1428), Bizen Bishu Osafune Iesuke Bishu Osafuneju Iesuke€ť, Iesukeť , Kozori group, according to tradition the son of a later Nagamitsu and a student of Morikage, first name Jirozaemon, O-itame, gunome mixed with choji, koshi-no hiraita gunome-midare, bo-utsuri, ryo-wazamono, chu-jo-saku
IESUKE , 2nd gen., Shocho (1428-1429), Bizen Bishu Osafune-ju Iesuke€ť, son of the 1st gen. Iesuke, he studied also under Morichika, mokume, choji-midare or gunome-choji.
IESUKE, 3rd gen, Hotoku (1449-1452), Bizen Bishu Osafune Iesuke€ť ,Iesuke€ť
IESUKE, 4th gen., Bunmei (1469-1487), Bizen Iesuke, Bishu Osafune Iesuke saku, Bishu Osafune-ju Iesuke, he continues the wormanship of the 1st and 2nd generations but his works are inferior in quality, gunome-choji or choŤji-midare, chu-jo-saku.