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Wakizashi, Shirasaya, Koshiraea
Kyô 3rd generation, Tanba no kami Yoshimichi
[ Signature ] omote : (kikumon) Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi
[ Size ] Blade length 49,4cm (1 shaku 6 sun 3 bu), sori 1,1cm (3 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 2,96cm, moto-shinogi-kasane 0,65cm, saki-haba 2,06cm, saki-kasane 0,44cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 2, blade weight 455g , shirasaya length 73cm, koshirae length 70,2cm
[ Period ] Edo, around Kanbun
[ Province ] Yamashiro

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune. Mihaba and kasane are both ordinal. Shinogi-haba(width) is relatively narrow. Sori attached shallowly. Chu-kussaki form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are suji-kais. Saki is iri-yama-gata. Two holes.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Jinie attached fine and rich.
Hamon : The yakidashi runs in sugu. In ko-midare, gunome mixed. Ashis appeared. Mixing sunagashis, stripes become sudare-bas shape. Nioiguchi is in shizumi(calm)-gokoro. Nie attached well. Yubashiris appeared in yaki-gashira (head of tempering pattern).
Boushi : It runs in sugu, then with notare. It turns in komaru.

Koshirae : Kuro-ro-iro-nuri aogai-chirashi, wakizashi-koshirae
Tsuba : "瓢箪から駒"(something very unexpected) or "塞翁が馬"(inscrutable are the ways of Heaven)-zu (tetsu(iron)-ji suki-sage-bori, kin(gold) inlay).
Fuchi-gashira : Ha-tô(waves)-zu(mei(signature) Ô-mori Ei-shû ka-ô, shaku-do-ji, taka-bori, kin(gold) ten(point) zô-gan(inlay)
Menuki : Namazu(catfish)-zu (su-aka migaki-ji katachi-bori)
Ko-zuka : U-kai(cormorant fishing)-zu (shaku-dô nanako-ji taka-bori kin(gold)-iroe suemon zô-gan(inlay))
Ko-zuka-ho : mei(signature) Nô-shu Seki Magoroku kyû-dai(ninth generation)-matsu Zenjô-school, Fujiwara Kanemoto

First generation Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi, who was third son of Kanemichi(swordsmith of Seki province of end Muromachi period). First generation Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi, with his father Kanemichi and elder brother Iga-no-kami Kinmichi, Rai Kinmichi and younger brother Ecchu-no-kami Masatoshi moved from Seki to Kyoto in Eiroku 2. Then established Mishina school at Nishino-tô-in Ebisu-gawa. He received and was honoured as Tan-ba-no-kami during Bunroku era. He worked actively during Keicho through Kanei era. He created hamon "Sudare-ba" even specific in Mishina school. His children (pupils) succeeded his style. The school flourished, mainly in Kyoto and Osaka. Second generation Yoshimichi received Tango-no-kami in Kan-ei 16, and allowed to have kiku-mon(crest of chrysanthemum). From the time on, Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi family used the crest continuously. The sword was created by the Kyô third generation Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi around Kanbun era.

Kyô third generation was commonly called Tokuzaemon. He was considered as least number of swords created in each Tanba-no-kami. He received Tanba-no-kami in Kanbun 2 (e.g. "Kokon-kaji-biko", "Shin-to ben-gi"), he died in Kanbun 9 (e.g. "Distinguished family records" in "Kyôto-no-tôken"). This was reason why he created small number of swords, only seven years of working period as Tanba-no-kami. The sword has the time stamp November Kanbun 2, and signature "third generation Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi". It might consider that the sword was created to commemorate the receiving the title.

Dr. Kanzan SATÔ mentioned that third generation Yoshimitsu had two specificity of his signature.
One is the left-hand radical of a Chinese character of "波", san-zui, he stressed bold cut with "atari-gane", made longitudinal line almost in vertical and jumping stroke line from bottom left to up right. Second is a Chinese character "守"'s radical called 'u' (u-kanmuri), its second and third strokes of slanting lines toward inside degree are shallow. The sword shows these feature very well.

In the book "新刀銘集録(Shin-tô meishu-roku)", eighth Tô-saburo and ninth Yoshimichi were recorded as successors but no proof discovered. Substantially, by seventh generation Yoshimichi , who worked from Kansei through Kyô-hô, was the last swordsmith of Tanba-no-kami Yoshimichi family.

[ Conditions ] It has already polished. Shirasaya is brand-new. Both koshirae and blade are in excellent conditions. Small detached portions observed ; at koikuchi of koshirae and foot of kurigata.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, shakudo covered, single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae and NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 17th August Heisei 28(2016))




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