10 November 2004
A Soden Bizen Wakizashi
Unsigned, attributed to Chogi, Nambokucho Period (14th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: hon-zukuri, wide mihaba, iori-mune, o-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: itame with jinie
Hamon [tempering pattern]: choji gunome of nie, midare utsuri
Boshi [tip]: midare
Horimono [carvings]: bohi ni soehi
Nakago [tang]: o-suriage, four holes (one plugged)
Habaki [collar]: double, copper-gilt and shakudo
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]: with inscription of attribution to Chogi
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 59.4cm.
Sori [curvature]: 0.8cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3.2cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2.7cm.
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The registration document also attributes the blade to Chogi and refers to an old Hattori collection.
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