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Wakizashi:Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (Osaka 3rd)(NBTHK Hozon Token)

Ordering number:24207

Wakizashi: In Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Token)

Signature: Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (Osaka 3rd)

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku.
This work is ranked as Jyo Saku for Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (Osaka Sandai).
Blade Length: 49.8 cm (19.61 in)
Curvature: 1.4 cm (0.55 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.94 cm (1.16 in)
Width at Tip: 2.214 cm (0.87 in)
Thickness: 0.6 cm (0.24 in)
Sword Weight: 485 grams (1.07 lbs)
Era: Genroku period of the Edo era

Shape: The blade has a substantial width and thickness.
It has a curvature with a reasonably long boshi.
Jigane: Well-forged fine itame-hada, creating a beautiful surface.
Hamon: Suguha with notable activity, and a rounded boshi.

Features: Osaka Tanba swords have a distinctive characteristic where the rounded part of the boshi is visibly round on both sides.

Aoi Art’s Comment: Initially, Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi was active in Kyoto, but in the second generation, they split into Kyoto and Osaka branches.
The Kyoto branch was permitted to engrave the chrysanthemum crest on the tang, while the Osaka branch was not and operated with the usual hamon.
In my opinion, Osaka Tanba swords often exhibit superior craftsmanship, especially in the suguha hamon, producing many fine works.
The boshi of Osaka Tanba swords typically shows an additional round temper line outside the main temper line, making them easily identifiable.
During the Genroku period, the demand for swords decreased, prompting various innovations to maintain sales.
This might be why Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi created the unique suguha hamon.
Let's take a closer look at the interesting suguha hamon.

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