Ordering number: 11206
Wakizashi in Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : Tanba-kami Yoshimichi(3rd)
Shinto : Chu-jyo saku: Wazamono : Settsu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Copper single Habaki.
Blade length : 55.7 cm or 21.9 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.17 cm or 1.25 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.3 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.68 cm or 0.26 inches.
Blade weight : 590 grams
Era : Edo period, Genroku era.
Shape : Wide and thick sword with medium Sori and a litlle bit long Kissaki.
Jigane : Well grained small Itame-hada with Jinie. It’s typical Osaka-Jigane.
Hamon : Nie-deki, Yakidashi is straight, the rest is Sudare-ba.
Boshi : Sansaku-Boshi.
Special Feature : Tanba-kami Yoshimichi divided into 4 groups; Kyo Tanba, Fushimi Tanba, Yamato, and Osaka Tanba.
Tanba-kami Yoshimichi is known for developing the Sudare-ba Hamon, which is reminiscent of bamboo blinds.
The Hamon of this sword looks flamboyant but sophisticated.
Tsuba : Round shaped iron Tsuba with the openwork wild goose design.
Menuki : Shakudo Menuki with the Japanese boat design.
Kurikata and Kojiri : Iron.
Kozuka : Syakudo Nanakoji Kozuka with the Shishi dogs design.
From Aoi Art : Tanba-kami Yoshimichi developed the unique Hamon called Sudareba, and the technique had been kept by the descendants secretly.
Osaka-Tanba Yoshimichi swords usually don’t have Kikumon on the tang while Kyo-Tanba Yoshimichi do.
The style of the 2nd and the 3rd generation Osaka-Tanba Yoshimichi is very similar, one distinct difference is that the 3rd’s swords often have the round Hamon on the Kissaki but this sword doesn’t have.
Although there’re some minor scratches in parts, the Hamon is nice and the shape is also good.
NBTHK Hozon Token(not issued yet)
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.