Named Daisho with Cutting Test and Owner's Name

  Blade is named Autumn.  Special Ordered by Sassaki Nagaro with test cut dated 1778 Second Month twenty ninth Day
Year Made:  1700s
Forging Pattern: Mokume
Tempering Pattern: Gunome Choji.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  27.5 inchesNakago: 9.7 inches 7 mm thick and 29 mm wide at Hamachi
Overall Condition:  Very Good.  In good original polish with very minor spot rusting.  Tip has a small nick.  No visible forging flaws.

  Blade is named Courage.  Special Ordered by Sassaki Nagaro with test cut dated 1780 Twelfth Month twenty third Day  
Year Made:  1700s
Forging Pattern: Dense Mokume/Nashiji
Tempering Pattern: Suguha with thick habuchi of ko-nie.
Dimensions:  Blade Length:  20.9 inchesNakago: 6.5 inches 7 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Overall Condition:  Good.  Surface rust and scratches. No visible forging flaws.

Mountings: Shirasaya with wood habaki. Unfortunately the fittings are no longer with the swords.
Comments:  Very Good.  It is extremely rare to find a pair of swords that are named, let alone ones that are named with matching cutting tests and the Samurai's name inscribed on the tang.  This pair of swords, although not by the same maker (most daishos were not made by the same smith) must have been treasured by the Samurai that own and selected them to work well together. Both swords are extremely well forged and balanced.

SwordsElliott Tan