A large Setsu katana with a cutting test inscription
Attributed to Shodai Kunisada, Edo period (17th century)
Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, very shallow torii-zori, chu-gissaki, the forging pattern itame mixed with mokume in ji-nie, the tempered edge gunome-midare and sugu-ba with ko-maru boshi, the tang with an added tip and with four holes and suji-kai file marks and gold-inlaid cutting inscription and date Matsuba saidan futatsu-do Shoho yo-nen hachi-gatsu nijuni-nichi toga no mono and signed Yamano Kanjuro and kao; two-piece gold-foil habaki; 34 5/8in (88cm) long; in a shirasaya with sayagaki, signed and dated by Yoshikawa.
With kantei certificate no. 13643 issued by the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (Japan Sword Preservation Society), dated 1997.3.2.