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age :contemporary
size :W106 x H35 x D16(cm)
size :W41 3/4 x H13 3/4 x D6 1/4(inch)
box :Carton box
This sword is called "Tensho-koshirae" and has a slender and elegant shape.
It is a decorative sword, with the edge unsharpened to prevent it from cutting objects, but the other parts are beautifully handmade with traditional techniques. The hilt is covered with ray skin and bound with a beautiful navy-blue real silk cord. The hilt ornament has a dragon design and is gold-plated.
In line with the rules of Tensho-koshirae, water buffalo horn is used for the "Kashira" and silver for "Fuchi". The sword guard is a bronze openwork in the shape of two gourds. The spacer is gold-plated brass, and the collar is carved out of brass.
The scabbard is made of real wood and finished with glossy, reddish brown lacquer called "Urumi". It is bound with the same silk cord used on the hilt.
Swords smiths at Yutaka Wakihara's sword-making workshop display their mastership in each of their trade, making the swords by hand, one by one.
The sword comes with a cotton sack and oil for caring the blade, and a wooden sword rack and rack cushions. One side of the rack has two sets of hooks for displaying the sword and the scabbard. By turning the rack around, you can display the sword in its scabbard.
This famous sword mounting was not only considered the most basic, but also the most practical of swords from around the 1600's. The hilt was very special in that the top-end material was water-buffalo horn, which was "thread wrapped" over the hilt-end. The shape resembles that of two inverted cones(Ryo-ryu-go) with a very slim "waist" in the middle, similar to the shape of hand-drums(Tsuzumi). Such was the elegance and practicality of this sword mounting that it became a favorite of General Iyeyasu Tokugawa.