Gendaito by Master swordsmith Yamagami Akihisa 山上昭久
Light Iaito with a good balance
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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Swordsmith Yamagami Akihisa 山上昭久, real name Yamagami Shigetsugu 山上重次 was born in 1910 and entered Japanese sword forging school/workshop "Nihon Tanren Denshusho 日本刀鍛錬伝習所" founded by Kurihara Akihide 栗原昭秀. He also learned under smith (Ikkansai) Kasama Shigetsugu 笠間一貫斉繁継 then later he was given swordsmith name " Akihisa 昭久" by his teacher Akihide.
Before WWII, he won Monbu Daijin Sho 文部大臣賞 - Minister of Education Award, Kaigun Daijin Sho 海軍大臣賞 - Minister of the Navy Award, Rikugun Daijin Sho 陸軍大臣賞 - Minister of the Army Award in Shinsakuto (new swords ) exhibitions.
He worked as a Rikugun Jumei Toso 陸軍受命刀匠 for Japanese army during WWII. In 1941 he was given Tokubetsu Meiyo Seki - Special Honor Seat 特別名誉席 in the Army Gunto exhibition.
After the war, in 1954 he obtained a sword forging permit from Japanese government and continued his career as a swordsmith. He won many awards such as Doryoku Sho, Nyusen in the annual Shinsaku Meito Exhibition while teaching numerous young swordsmith including his son smith Norihisa 則久.
This light sword was made in 1976 when he was 66 years old. We re-wrapped Tsuka and adjusted the balance for immediate Iai use.
It has an ordinary blade weight and a width, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Nakamine.
There are Katachiri Bohi(thick groove which extends to shinogi,leaves flat space only on Mune side) on both side of the blade.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is a Itame mixed with Masa and coarse Jinie(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Gunome Choji with Togariba, nie white crystals attaches on the cutting edge.
In the Hamon Suna-nagashi shows it's flowing sand-like pattern while Ginsuji(whitish silver line) runs through along the temper line
Boshi- temper line of the tip is Notarekomi and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang is Ubu(original) and has Kiri Yasuri file marks. Nakago end is Kurijiri shape.
Copper base single piece Habaki with Yujo pattern (new).
<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Iron base Sukashi Tsuba with Karigane motif.
Fuchi Kashira & Koiguchi: Solid silver set with polished surface.
Menuki: Engraved Shishi (lions) on gold gilded base.
Tsuka: Covered with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with black leather in Morohineri-maki style (new wrapping).
Saya: Kuro-ishimenuri - a rough textured black lacquerer finish (just re-coated).
Polish: There are some thin rusts due to Furutogi.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: There is a small open line in Masame.
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|Blade length||71.4cm/ 2'4"/ 2shaku 3sun 5.6bu||Tsuka length||24.2cm/ 9.5"/ 8sun|
|Curvature - Sori||1.7cm/ 0.67"/ 5.6bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||32.5mm/ 1.3"/ 1sun 7rin||Blade Bottom Thickness||7.5mm/ 0.3"/ 2.4bu|
|Blade Top Width||21.5mm/ 0.85"/ 7.1bu||Blade Top Thickness||6.0mm/ 0.21"/ 1.9bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 690g / 1.52lbs
Without Saya: 940g / 2.1lbs
|Inscription / Signature||Front: Hokuetsu Ju Yamagami Akihisa （表）北越住山上昭久
Back: Showa HinoeTatsu 8gatsubi
|Registration in Japan|| 16 Sep 1976
Niigata Prefecture Board of Education