Spear "Sagami-no-kami Fujiwara Masatsune"
blade length 22.4cm, thickness at the neck 16mm, thickness and width at the middle of blade 6mm x 22mm
This is a good spear from the beginning of 17th century.
The steel is a flowing wood grain layer pattern. Its colour is clear.
The hamon is Notare (wave) pattern with Sunagasi (sweeping pattern). The Nie (large particles) is very bright.
The obverse (signature side)
The reverse (no signature side)
This is a very good blade with its clear colour steel and bright hamon. The polishing is Sashikomi (the classical style), but the steel colour is finished with a little modern taste.
Sagami-no-kami Masatsune (1535~1619) is the 1st generation of Masatsune line. He moved to Owari province from Mino, so his blade is Mino tradition. His smith name in Mino was Kanetsune, then he was given the name Masatsune by the load of Owari "FUKUSHIMA Masanori". Once the smith retired and gave the name to his son (1607). Then the 2nd Masatsune died soon. So the 1st came back again, and he added the inscription "Nyudo" after the signature that means go into Buddhism.
"Sagami-no-kami Fujiwara Masatsune Nyudo"
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