tsuba / sword-sheath / katana / blade / saya / tsuka
Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.166.a. Made of steel. Signed.
Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.166.b. Part of mounting for katana. Flowers and dragon in waves. Made of brown lacquered wood; also gold overlaid shakudo.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.166.c. Part of mounting for katana. Warriors and paulownia. Made of wood, skin (ray), braided textile; also gold overlaid shakudo.
Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.166.d. Part of mounting for katana. Design of paulownia. Made of gold overlaid shakudo.
- Made in: Japan
- Length: 75.4 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 1.4 centimetres
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationSuishinshi Nobutaka kore [o] tsukuru
Inscription TranslationSuishinshi Nobutaka made this
This long and broad-bodied blade is 'shinogi zukuri' with a shallow curve, and has a large 'kissaki'. The 'bohi' grooves taper away in 'kakinagashi' style. The long tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kesho' with 'sujigai'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The 'jigane' is 'koitame' and has coarse patches. The 'hamon' is 'gunome' in 'nie' with 'ashi', and overall 'sunagashi'. The 'boshi' is 'midare komi' and 'komaru'. The finish of the tang is unsophisticated, and the maker of this sword is an unrecorded smith unlikely to be related to the famous Suishinshi Masahide.
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Object reference number: JCR7822
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