Japanese Sword with body cutting test by Yamada Yutaka in 1860 made by Den Aizu Motooki NBTHK Hozon.
Katana in Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature: Mumei(Den Aizu Motooki)
(Kiritsuke Mei)Manen Gannen 11 Gatsu 19 Nichi
Oite Senjyu Tata Dotanbarai Yamada Yutaka Tamesu Kore.
One of the last swords to take a real body cutting test.
Explanation: Mr. Yamada Yutaka has done cutting test armpit on November 19th 1860 at Senju.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Saku
ranking.The blade was
polished.Habaki :copper single habaki
Blade length :71.515 cm or 28.16 inches.Sori
:1.97 cm or 0.776
Width at the hamachi:3.1 cm or 1.22
inches.Width at the Kissaki: 2.12 cm or 0.83
inches.Kasane: 0.71cm or 0.28 inches.The
weight of the sword 805 grams.
Era: Late Edo period.
Shape: The blade is rather wide and thick
with deep sori and long Kissaaki.
Jigane: Itame hada and Masame hada strongly with jinie attach.
Hamon :Nie deki suguha with small ashi work.
Bo-shi is notare round shape.
Special feature: From the Jigane ,Hamon and Kesyo Yasuri,
the blade was made around ale Edo period.
On the Nakago, cutting test was done.
By Yamada Yutaka at Senjyu Manen first year Novenber 19th cutting
test was done.
And succeeded to cut the part of tata(the top
of the body part and the sword reached to
Engraved the cutting scene proudly.
color.tsuba: On the round iron stub, engraved knaves
with silver dots and open
work.Menuki: family crest is engraved.
Fuchikashira:On the syakudo nanako plate.
Ume tree and flower is engraved.
From The early stage from early Edo to middle Edo period,
Cutting test must engraved by gold inlay but at the end of Edo period,
This kind of rule was disappeared and Kiritukemei
(just engraved cutting test by curving not used gold inlay)
because gloss inlaay’s price is very expensive.
I think normal higher ranking samurai might ask cutting tester
By the way, this sword is item and strong massage
hada appear nice sword and also Koshirae is not gorgeous
but remind us Samurai in Edo period samurai’s sword koshirae.
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