Tanto in Koshirae(Chigozashi:children’s sword)
Signature : Joshu Minamoto Iemichi
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 22.1 cm or 8.70 inches.
Sori : 0.6 cm or 0.23 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 1.88 cm or 0.74 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.39 cm or 0.54 inches.
Kasane : 0.43 cm or 0.16 inches.
Era : Later Edo period.
Shape : Slim blade having deep Sori.
Jitetsu : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinori attached.
Hamon : Nioi-deki Suguha blade with wavy Hamon,
round Boshi turns on the edge.
Special feature : From the condition of the Nakago,
Joshu Minamoto Iemichi succeed around late Edo period.
We guess that is Noshu Seki ju Fujiwara Iemichi of Mino province.
He is said to Kyo 7th generation and pupil of Tanba kami Yoshimichi.
This Hamon and Nioikuchi remind of Tanba’s Sudareba.
Chigozashi means child sword. This kind of swords are for celebration.
For example, birthday and Shichi-Go-San(Seven-Five-Tree) is a traditional rite
of passage and festival day in Japan.
Family wish for their children’s growth. Because of the blade was made very carefully.
Tsuba : Motif of chrysanthemum flower.
Fuchikashira : Arabesque engraved on brass plate.
Saya : Red Saya with black color.
Menuki : Chrysanthemum engraved on brass plate.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.