10 November 2004
A Bizen School Tachi
Signed Bishu Osafune Masamitsu, Meitoku 2nd 8-gatsu (1391), Nambokucho Period
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, chu-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: koitame, utsuri
Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome of nioi
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
Nakago [tang]: suriage, two holes, kiri file marks
Habaki [collar]: double, gold
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 70.4cm.
Sori [curvature]: 1.4cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 2.9cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.1cm.
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Masamitsu was one of the sons of Kanemitsu, active over half a century from the Embun era (1356-1394). Although there were probably two generations, the signatures vary little, although the date indicates that this blade is by the second generation.
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