Katana: Yamato Kami Yoshimichi (2nd Generation)
Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper for the blade)(NBTHK Hozon paper for Koshirae)
Signature : Yamato Kami Yoshimichi (2nd generation)
Shinto: Chujyosaku: Wazamono: Settsu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi belongs to Jyojyosaku ranking.
The blade was polished
Habaki :Gold single foiled habaki.
Blade length : 76.36 cm or 30.06 inches.
Sori : 1.35 cm or 0.53 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.11 cm or 1.22 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.10 cm or 0.82 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Edo period around Enpo era(1673-1681)
Shape : rather wide and thick balde, Kissaki Nobi kokoro. nice shape Katana.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. It is beautiful Osaka Jigane.
Hamon : From Hamachi is Suguha and then Gunome Midare with Ashi.
Boshi is Notare around shape. Sansaku-Boshi.
Special feature : Yamato no Kami Yoshimichi is the successor of first generation Yoshimichi. He was called Mishina Shiroubee and later on has successed Den Uemon.
He has lived in Hanshu(now Hyogo Prefecture). His work is gunome midrae with much sunagashi and kinsuji activities in the ha just like the first generantion.
This work is same as the first generation. The hamon has what is called a Tora no O (literally means tiger tail) hamon. The jigane is good and there is much ups and down in the ha.
Tsuba :Round shape iron tusba with warrior and temple design engraved and inliad with gold. The rim is gold inlay
Fuchikashira : Iron plate with gold inlaid around.
Saya : Red and black saya.
Menuki : Most likely a flagengraved and inlaid with gold.
Historical background: A big Magnitude 8 earthquake hits Boso Peninsula in 1677. 500 to 600 people died. The next year, magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits North of Miyagi prefecture.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper for the blade
NBTHK Hozon paper for Koshirae
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.