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Bizen Yoshimitsu Tachi
An ubu tachi signed, Bishu Osafune Yoshimitsu, and dated Onin ni nen hachi gatsu hi (a day in August 1468). Hawatare: 2 shaku 0 sun 4 bu (61.82 cm / 24.34"). Motohaba: 3.38 cm. Sakihaba: 2.3cm. Kasane: 7.3 mm. Gunome choji, ko-midare, tobi yaki, ashi iri, sunagashi, nado. Itame with utsure. Rated Josaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, by Fujishiro; valued at 4,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno, with a sharpness rating of Wazamono; NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon; Sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro. As of 2000, there were three juyo by Yoshimitsu, two with the second generation's title and one without, which could either an early work, or that of the first generation.
Austere, quality samurai koshirae. Black lacquer saya, iron Higo fuchi-kashira, leather tsukamaki, very good nerikawa tsuba.
Because his work is during the Sengoku period (country at war), he produced two differing grades of sword, very fine swords that were generally custom orders, and course swords for general battlefield use (kazu uchimono). Generally, but not always, the custom order blades included his title. This piece was made during the Onin war (14467-1477), but is clearly of the quality of special order swords. $9,500
Utsure and shallow tate ware
Lacquered leather tsuba
Tsuka with plain iron Higo fuchi-kashira
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
Sayagaki by Tanobe Michhiro
Nihonto Jiten-Koto Hen