Edo, jo-jo-saku swordsmith, Higashiyama ju
Yoshihira, katana, sold
In very good condition and polish, an early Edo period katana
made by jo-jo saku swordsmith Higashiyama ju Yoshihira.
This sword came from a deceased prolific militaria collector's
estate in the UK. He was a prolific collector mostly in 1970's,
while it was still possible to find and buy such highly rated swordsmiths'
blades. The mounts are, I believe, circa the 70'sw but the blade
is clearly an exceptional old (edo period) blade. The mei Higashiyama
ju Yoshihira has been copied more recently, but in the shin shinto
style. This is an authentic Edo period Higashiyama
ju Yoshihira. No, it is not NBTHK certified, only because logistically
this is not so easy for me to arrange. If it were certified, I would
ask twice the amount but, I am prepared to guarantee its authenticity.
The impressive 28 inch blade has a superb hamon and very little
ware; there is the smallest / tiniest of nicks (one only) to the
cutting edge of the blade but it is hardly visible. I have seen
Christies in New York listing one of Higashiyama ju Yoshihira's
uncertified wakizashis for an estimate range of $15000 to $20000
in 2008, and that was for a wakizashi, not a full length katana
as with this fine sword. Prices for quality Japanese blades have
soared since then, so £xxxx (too late, now sold - we will
divulge original sales price for a small fee) is a jo-jo-saku (very,
very good) price indeed. Reference number B05 (462). Full sized
/ further images available upon request.