Tokubetsu ten, Edo jidai no katana to tosogu, (Special exhibition of swords and sword fittings from the Edo period), exh. cat. (Tokyo: Museum of Japanese Sword Fittings, 1999), no. 1, p. 1.
Yoshimichi was the third son of Kanemichi of Seki in Mino Province. He moved to Kyoto sometime in the early 1590s with his father and brothers, Iga no Kami Kinmichi, Rai Kinmichi, and Etchu no Kami Masatoshi. In 1595 he was granted the title "Tamba no Kami," which was also given to his first son in 1639, and to his second son who lived in Osaka in the 1640s. From the second generation onward the Kyoto family carved a sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest on the tangs of their blades.
This is a late work of the first generation in Kyoto. The vivid sunagashi is contrived into the sudare-ba (reed-curtain hamon) which became the hallmark of several later generations in both Kyoto and Osaka. The characteristic long boshi with an abrupt return known as sanpin or Mishina-boshi, is a mark of the work of successive generations of the families of the four sons of Kanemichi.