Wakizashi: Iga Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi (Chigozashi style)
Wakizashi in Koshirae
Signature : Iga Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi (Chigozashi style)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saki)This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :copper single habaki with gold color.
Blade length : 38.3cm or 15.07 inches.
Sori : 0.9cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi :1.76cm or 0.69 inches.
Width at the kissaki : 1.15cm or 0.45 inches.
Kasane : 0.49 cm or 0.19 inches.
Era : Edo Period Circa Genroku
Shape: It is wide and thin kasane with shallow sori. It is chigo saki shape katana.
Hamon: Nie deki gunome midare with sunagashi attached.
Boshi is round end and boshi brush up turn back.
Special feature : Iga no kami Fujiwara Kinmichi was the most famous sword smith in Kyoto.
The founder of Iga no kami Fujiwara Kinmichi started from Bunroku era
(about 1590's) and continued 11th generation.
The first generation was allowed to sign Kikumon (family crest) and
"Nihon Kaji Sosho" in signature by Imperial court.
This sword was called Kodai(later generation Kinmichi)
At that period, Japan was peaceful age which means demanding swords decree
and Kinmich must make many Chigosasi for keeping his life.
But high ranking samurai congratulate for boy's birth.
Because boy's birth means to keeping his family's job next generation.
Therefor the family members and also relatives celebrate his birth for his healthy bodies and minds.
Tsuba: Wood tsuba
Fuchi: Shinchu plate with pattern engraved and nanako
Saya: Red brown and black attahced. It is kawari nuri saya.
Menuki: bee design engraved in brass.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.