Wakizashi in Shirasaya, with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper for the Koshirae)
Signature : (Kiku mon) Tanba Kami Yoshimichi (Kyo 2nd generation)
8 Gatsu Kichijitsu (lucky day August)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This (Kiku mon) Tanba Kami Yoshimichi belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
Shinto : Josaku : Wazamono : Yamashiro
Habaki : Gold foiled double Habaki.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 51.2 cm or 20.15 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.97 cm or 1.16 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.08 cm or 0.81 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Edo period, Shoho era(1645-1648).
Shape : Rather wide and thick blade with small Sori, and rather long Kissaki.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attached. The Jigane is beautiful.
Hamon : From Hamachi is Suguha, and then Sudare-Ba. It is typical Yoshimichi blade.
There are double, triple and quadruple very much in the Ha.
Special feature : Kyo Tanba Yoshimichi is the founder of a Sudare-Ha(Ba).
After that, the Sudare-Ha blades was made in Osaka and Kyoto.
The 2nd generation of Tanba kami was called Mishina Fuji Shichiro.
He got the “Tanba Kami” and 16 petals Kikumon(chrtsanthemum) in 1639.
He was the first person who gained to use the Kikumon(chrtsanthemum).
Afterward, it was passed down from generation to generation.
This blade is completed Sudare-Ha and full of rustic charm.
It is rare the engraving of “8 Gatsu Kichijitsu (lucky day August)”.
Higo Koshirae : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Tsuba : Elliptical shape iron Tsuba, the flower of Kiri (paulownina) with gold color.
Higo Tsuba : signature is Higo Katsuhisa.
Fuchikashira and Kojiri : Iron, the flower of Kiri (paulownina) with gold color.
Saya : Red color a trunk of the tree pattern Saya.
Menuki : Bee is engraved with gold color.
NBTHK Hozon Paper for the blade
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper for the Koshirae
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.