10 November 2004
A Bungo Tachi
Signed, katana-mei Bungo kuni Yukihira saku, Early Kamakura Period (13th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, deep koshizori, ko-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: ko-itame with jinie, shirake-utsuri
Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha of moist ko-nie, with habuchi extending to the edge
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru with hakikake
Horimono [carvings]: shin-no-kurikara on tachi-ura, bohi with soehi on omote
Nakago [tang]: suriage, two holes (one plugged)
Habaki [collar]: single, copper-gilt
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]: with sayagaki by Sato Kanzan as being handed down from the family of the Imperial Prince Kacho no Miya
Koshirae [mounting]; efu tachi, black lacquered overall, black lacquer leather tsuba, kenuki-gata menuki, Meiji Period, late 19th century, 108cm.
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 73.6cm.
Sori [curvature]: 2.6cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 2.6cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 1.7cm.
The sword, by repute the family of the Imperial Prince Kacho no Miya.
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