10 November 2004
A Bitchu Katana
Unsigned, attributed to Aoe School, Nambokucho Period (14th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, extended chu-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: tight itame and mokume with jinie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha with gunome of nie, ashi, large nie, sunagashi, nijuba
Boshi [tip]: o-maru, komidare, short kaeri
Nakago [tang]: o-suriage, sujikai, two holes
Habaki [collar]: double, copper-gilt
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 70cm.
Sori [curvature]: 2.2cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.2cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.5cm.
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