Wakizashi – Yamashiro Igo no Kami Kinmichi – 1596 – 1615

This is a beautiful sword made in the Keicho era ( 1596 ) by  Igo no kami Kinmichi in Yamashiro. He was taught the art of sword making by his father, Kanemichi of the Mishina school. It is in new polish and displays a nice gunome temper line and itame grain ( hada ). The blade measures 17 & 3/8 inches along the cutting edge ( nagasa ). The boshi is Komaru ( short turn back ) and it has a long deep Bohi on the omote and Ura sides. The tang has been shortened ( osuriage mumei ) and there is no longer a signature. The sword was awarded NTHK Kanteisho papers stating it as genuine and important work of the Kinmichi school. Pictures of the blade and a copy of the NTHK paper is shown below. The smith is listed in Hawleys as KIN43, with a rating of 80 points.

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