10 November 2004
An Osaka Katana
Signed Izumi no kami Kunisada (with the signature of Kunisada II or Inoue Shinkai), Edo Period (17th Century)
Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri, toriizori, chu-kissaki
Kitae [forging pattern]: running bright itame
Hamon [tempering pattern]: gunome, midare of nie
Boshi [tip]: ko-maru with hakikake
Nakago [tang]: o-sujikai, kurijiri, one hole
Habaki [collar]: single, copper-gilt
In shirasaya [plain wood scabbard]
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 69.8cm.
Sori [curvature]: 1.5cm.
Motohaba [width at start of tempered edge]: 3cm.
Sakihaba [width before tip]: 2cm.
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