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SWORD #239 - BISHU OSAFUNE JU YOSHIKAGE

1335 - 1373

JUYO TOKEN

Bizen Kuni Osafune Yoshikage

1320 - 1373

Yoshikage son of Kagemitsu is one of the most respected Smiths of the late Kamakura and Nambobochu periods. Creative in both the Bizen and Soshu traditions. In addition to training under his father Kagemitsu, he also was a student of Chikakage.

Yoshikage's traditional style emulates that of both Nagayoshi and Kanemitsu who were both students of Masamune. Yoshikage's work is scarce. In 65 years, this is only one of two that I have been able to examine and what a joy it is to hold this beautiful blade in my hand. An honor and a privilege.

Due to the preciousness of this sword, note the amount of care taken to preserve the signature by folding it back into the blade, this was done only on the most important swords. Many swords were shortened during and after the Sengoku wars and this was their way of preserving their most important treasures.