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Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi Wakizashi



A wakizashi by Osaka Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, shallow sori.  Hawatare: 1 shaku 7 sun 5 bu  (53.029 cm or 20.87").  The hamon is the classic sudareba of the Yoshimichi smiths.  The habuchi is brilliant nioi, there are kinsuji, ashi, yo, nado.  The jigane is itame with some mokume, packed with ji nie, there are chikei, nado.  The shinogi ji is masame.  The kissaki has been shortened, and the boshi is thin.  Mounted in shirasaya with accompanying koshirae.  NBTHK Hozon kanteisho.

The tsuba is very collectable itself, very good iron, well worked and carved, decorated with gold zogan and nunome.  Signed, Higo Kuni Takada Ju / Toyomasa with the addition of a gold han.  He is an unrecorded smith, and while the Toyo kanji is commonly found in Bushu work, it is not in Higo, as per Robert Haynes.  The Higo tsuka has lacquered tsuka ito, the fuchi-kashira are iron with gold nunome.  Sliver floral menuki it touches of gold.  The saya is predominantly brown over black lacquer with small bits of abalone shell here and there.  the kojiri matches the fuchi-kashira.  The kurikata is shakudo of mon floating on the water.  The iron kozuka is decorated with brass hozon, and has an unsigned kogatana. 

The first generation of Osaka Tamba Yoshimichi was the second son of the first generation kyoto Yoshimchi.  The second generation worked around Kambun (1661 - 1673) he tempered swords in sudareba and kikusui.  Rated Chujosaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen  by Fujishiro, with a sharpness rating of wazamono.  Valued at 3,500,000 yen in Shibata's  Toko Taikan, and listed with a double triangle in Nihonto Meikan.