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artist :WAKISAKA, YUTAKA
age :contemporary
size :W106 x H46 x D16(cm)
size :W41 3/4 x H18 x D6 1/4(inch)
box :Carton box
This extremely sophisticated set of swords is in the style of that used by samurai warriors on formal occasions.
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 real silk cord. The hilt ornament is two dragons of different sizes, and gold-plated.
The metal fitting has a bronze "guri" design. The sword guard is a bronze openwork of dragons of two different sizes. The spacer is gold-plated brass and the collar is carved out of brass.
The scabbard is real wood and finished with deep and glossy black lacquer, and bound with the same silk cord that binds the hilt. Water buffalo horn is used for the end of the scabbard.
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.
During the Edo Period, when samurais attended formal gatherings, they were required to abide by a special dress code. The designs of their official costumes was an indication of their ranks. In addition, by carrying the Dai-sho-koshirae (a pair of long and short swords) of even the simplest form, they were also displaying their pride for being elite samurais of the upper echelons.