Japanese Swords & Kodogu
A shinto katana
Signed Heian-jo ju Minamoto Yoshinga
A long and healthy blade by a Yamashiro smith who also worked in Sesshu, dated Kanbun fifth year, eighth month (1665)
Nagasa 73.6 cm, slightly machi otoshi; shallow toriizori, with smallish kissaki, iorimune; boshi is chumaru with ura tending to komaru; hamon is notare with gunome midare on the tops of the notare in nie kuzure with abundant konie along the habuchi.
Koshirae: darkish red brown lacquer saya, iron kojiri, fuchi-kashira in handachi style, dark shakudo menuki of dragons in Goto style, black itomaki; iron tsuba of landscape with sage, possibly early Shoami; gold washed habaki and seppa.