Miniature tamahagane billet by Yoshindo Yoshihara

Miniature tamahagane billet by Yoshindo Yoshihara

Roughly 45x22x15 mm. Each billet varies slightly in dimension. Gold kao on the top surface.

These little gems demonstrate what the initial billet of tamahagane looks like after forging the platelets together and after the first fold. This is a great visual demonstration of why it is not necessary to fold the billet thousands of times to get thousands of layers. Fifteen folds give in excess of 32,000 laminations assuming a single shet of steel. The original billet was composed of ten to twenty layers of platelets. Fold that ten times and you get between 10K and 20K laminations. The joy of exponentials.

It also demonstrates that both masame and itame are present in the same billet, depending on which side you see and on how the smith continues the folding process.

Comes in a custom fitted Paulownia box.

Currently out of stock, but Yoshindo sensei sends us a few from time to time.

Good Edo Period Wakizashi Mount


Over all length: 69.5 cm (27.5 inches)

Outside length of the saya:51.5 cm (20.25 inches)

A good buke-zukuri mount with iron fuchi/kashira and signed iron kozuka and kogatana. The tsuka is blue ito maki over black lacquered same. The menuki are shakudo and gold in what appears to be a hawk-feather motif. The FK match and are engraved in a faint pattern. The kozuka is signed Jakushi, and has a raised bamboo motif on an ishime ground. The saya is in good condition with horn koiguchi and kojiri. The saya is lacquered in an elegant stippled pattern that resembles sanded, lacquered same, but is really meticulously applied lacquer.The tsuba is a well-forged iron sukashi foilage design with gold veins on the leaves, and a rather fat and happy rat with a shibuichi face and gold eyes on the omote. With a wood tsunagi. The saya will easily take a 19 inch blade.