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Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi Wakizashi



A hirazukure wakizashi by Hokake Yoshimichi.  Ubu zaimei, Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi.  Hirazukere; mitsumune; the slightest sori, leaving the impression of muzori. Hawatare: 1 shaku 2 bu (30.9 cm or 12.17").  Motohaba:  2.89 cm.  Kasane:  7.1 mm.  Gunome notare in ko nie deki, ashi, there are sunagashi tending toward sudareba. Yakidashi ga aru.   The jigane is a moist itame with ji nie and chikei.  Mishina boshi with an extended kaeri.   Rated with a double triangle in Nihonto Meikan, rated Josaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto-Hen, and valued at 8,000,000 yen in Toko Taikan by Tokuno.  He has a sharpness rating of ryowazamono. In good polish, silver habaki, shirasaya.  NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho kanteisho.

Hokake Yoshimichi was the third son of Mino Kanemichi.  He is a Keicho shinto smith, whose middle years were around Genna (1615-1624).   He is called Hokake because the Ta kanji resembles a sail, and Ho means sail.   There are two shodai Yoshimichi, this one being the earlier of the two.  The other, Osaka Tamba, worked around Jo-o (1652-1655).   He was the second son of the first generation Kyoto Yoshimichi.

One of the kantei points for Kyoto shodai, is  that the bottom stroke of Kami and the top stroke of Yoshi meet.  There is a juyo example in volume 31 of Juyo Token Nado Zufu.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

NBTHK Tokubetsu Keicho Kanteisho