Sadaroku gendaito



BLADE BY "SADAROKU" SIGNED; " ECHIGO (PROVINCE)- NO - KUNI, JU
(RESIDENT OF),  IMAI  SADAROKU (MAKER), AND DATED; SHOWA 16 th. YEAR 
(1941), THE 9 th. MONTH, A LUCKY DAY. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED WITH
HIS BOLD SIGNATURE, IT REMINDS ME OF "ECHIGO NO-KAMI KANESADA". 
SADAROKU IS HIGHLY RESPECTED, AND EXCEPTIONALLY WELL LISTED IN;  DR.
HOMMA SAMA'S "NIHON TO MEIKAN" A TRULY GREAT HONOR. HE IS ALSO LISTED IN
NUMEROUS OTHER JAPANESE REFERENCES, AS WELL AS,  "MODERN JAPANESE SWORD
SMITHS", BY J. S. SLOUGHT (AN EXCELLENT WORK), AND  THE MOST IMPORTANT
GENERAL ENGLISH JAPANESE SWORD REFERENCE WRITTEN TO DATE, "JAPANESE
SWORD SMITHS" BY W. M. HAWLEY.

SADAROKU IMAI, WAS FROM NIIGATA PREFECTURE. HIS CAREER WAS VERY
PROLIFIC, AND THE FINE QUALITY OF HIS BLADES GAINED HIM THE RESPECT OF
ALL. IN 1941 HE WON THE COVETED SECOND SEAT (I WAS TOLD THAT THE "FIRST
SEAT" WENT TO THE YASUKUNI SHRINE), IN THE "SHINSAKU NIHON TO
TENRANKI", ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS CONTESTS. THE MAJORITY OF
NOTED SWORD MAKERS ENTERED THIS CONTEST, AS WINNING A SEAT WOULD BRING
THEM A MULTITUDE OF CUSTOM ORDER'S, AND FAME!

THIS KATANA HAS A "NAGASA" (LENGTH), 26 1/4 " OR 66.8 cm, THE "SORI"
(CURVE) IS 3/8 th. INCH, OR 1.5 cm., THE "MOTOHABA" (WIDTH) IS 1 1/4",
OR 3.25 cm. ALL MEASUREMENTS ARE APPROXIMATE! THE OVERALL CONDITION IS
VERY GOOD, APPROX. "90 %" POLISH (CONSERVATIVE), THERE ARE SOME LIGHT
SURFACE SCRATCHES, THAT ARE "NOT RUSTED". IT APPEARS AS THOUGH THERE WAS
A SLIGHT BEND, AT ONE TIME ( SKIN WRINKLES ). THIS WAS CORRECTED.

THIS IS ONE OF THE "SHARPEST BLADES" I HAVE SEEN, IT ACTUALLY SHAVED THE
RICE PAPER, WHEN REMOVING THE "UCHIKO POWDER". IT IS MOUNTED IN A SHIRA
SAYA, AND WOULD BE EXCELLENT FOR MOUNTING IN A KOSHIRAE (FITTINGS) OF
YOUR CHOOSE. THE GENTLEMAN WHO BROUGHT IT BACK FROM W.W. II, WENT OVER
THE BLADE WITH A MILD CLEANING PAD, IT THEREFORE COULD USE A LIGHT POLISH
(WE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH THIS, AT OUR WHOLESALE "COST" LEVEL).

THE BLADE WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THE "COLLECTOR / PRACTITIONER", WHO
DEMANDS A FINE BLADE, WITH EXTRAORDINARY CUTTING ABILITY! THIS PIECE IS
PRICED, AT THE COST OF A HIGH GRADE REPRODUCTION.

* GENDAITOS ARE NOT RATED IN ANY SCALES OF WAZAMONO, BUT HAD THEY BEEN, THIS SWORD COULD BE RATED AS O-WAZAMONO DUE TO IT BEING EXTREMELY SHARP.

 

 

 

 

 

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