Echigo ju Sadaaki


A contemporary tanto with a 1999 paper from Aoi Art, Tokyo

Omote: Echigo ju Sadaaki saku

Ura: Heisei Kyu Nen Hachi Gatsu Hi (A day in the the 8th month of the ninth year of Heisei), A day in August, 1997.

Nagasa: 11.614 inches

No sori

Jitetsu: Itame hada with masame hada and abundant ji nie

Hamon: Nie deki gonome midare with sunagashi and kinsuji inside the hamon

There are futatsuhi on both sides of the blade.

Sadaaki is making swords in Niigata prefecture. The blade is in polish and shirasaya with a gold wash habaki. The blade is a robust example of what some of the old tanto looked like when they were new.


Yoshindo Yoshihara Tachi


Tachi signed Yoshihara saku, Heisei 11 nen 8 gatsu (August, 1999)

This lovely shinogi tsukuri tachi, in shirasaya with gold foil habaki, is forged in a flawless tight ko-itame. It has a longish chu kissaki. The shinogi ji is narrow with a bohi running into the ko-shinogi at the top, and halfway down the nakago at the bottom, ending in kakinagashi. It has a deep and balanced torii zori.

Yoshindo Yoshihara is a mukansa smith known for his work in the Bizen tradition. This blade is tempered in a notare-based midare choji with ashi, turning to a ko-midare with ashi in the boshi, with a pointed komaru turnback. It is in its original polish which we judge to be by a member of the Fujishiro school.

Nagasa: 29 inches, 73.6 cm, 2.41 shaku

Nakago: Ubu with ha-agare kuri jiri, katte agari yasurime, 1 mekugi ana