TACHI "YOSHITOMI" IN KOSHIRAE

SHOWATO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: 
NOSHU KUNI JU YOSHITOMI

NAGASA: 28" (71.12cm)

OVERALL:  36.5" (78.74cm)

MIHABA: 1.312" (3.33cm)

KASANE: 0.312" (0.792cm)

SORI: 0.75" (1.90cm)

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME:  TAKANOHA

MUNE: IORI

HADA: MUJI

HAMON: SANBON SUGI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER

KISSAKI: CHU

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HORIMONO: NONE

SHOWATO TACHI YOSHITOMI

Showato by the smith "Yoshitomi".  I was unable to find much info on this smith.  He is however mentioned in Slough's with an oshigata on page 202.  Slough's states that he made "medium to high grade showato".   This particular piece is well made and is a big beefy sword. The blade itself has a nakago of 28" and is in excess 1.25" ( 3.17cm) wide and over 0.25" (0.635cm) thick.

The koshirae is complete and the tsuka and fittings are in great shape. The F/K and menuki are done in a floral motif. The tsuba is signed (No, I haven't even tried), and I think depicts snowflakes.  The tsuba could use another seppa if it was to be used for Iai, as the fit is just a tad loose.  The saya has a few knicks and dings but is solid. As you can see in the photos, it appears that someone put some wood putty in a few of the dings and apparently planned to re-finish it and failed to see it through.  The sword is signed Tachi-mei and the saya has a brass hanger for wearing it as such.  This could easily be removed and the saya re-finish making this a great katana for Iai.  One odd note is the sticker from the "Seki Cutlery Manufacturers Society".  I have never seen this sticker before, but it indicates the sword "Passed" whatever criteria was required at the time.

Again, a nice sword for the gendai collector as well as a one which would make a great Iai sword.

 

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