A TSUGUHIRO KATANA (with cutting test)

signed, edo period (kanbun era: 1661-1673)

NBTHK Hozon & NTHK-NPO Certificates



Swordsmith:              Omi no Kami Tsuguhiro / Wakige Otoshi (cutting test)

Location:                    Echizen province (Fukui prefecture)

Length:                       74.5cm            Curvature: 1.4cm

Jihada:                        Ko-itame

Hamon:                      Gunome midare, sophisticated ashi in hachu with konie and sunagashi

Nakago:                      Machiokurii-nakago

Certificate #1:        NBTHK Hozon (a sword Worthy of Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)

Certificate #2,3:     NTHK-NPO Kanteisho (a sword’s koshirae and tsuba designated as Important by the Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Sword)

Included:        Koshirae, Shirasaya, carry bags


This formidable katana by Wazamono swordsmith (maker of sharp swords) Omi no Kami Tsuguhiro has tameshigiri (a certified test cut) whereby the sword severed through a cross- section of a human body at the armpit level.

This particular cutting test is called wakige otoshi. The sword’s cutting edge is substantially long at 74.5cm with a curvature of 1.4cm. It was, in fact, approximately 79cm, the distance between the two holes on the nakago). This shortening process is called machi-okuri whereby only the cutting edge is adjusted, not the length of the sword itself. It was done as matter of fighting practicality for the Samurai.

The hamon (temper line) is classic Tsuguhiro a wavy semi-circular gunome midare that is bright and full of life. There is plentiful nie crystals with sunagashi. It’s a joy to examine.

The katana is fitted in a wonderful, proper Edo-period koshirae. This is a set of fittings that have remained in tact since the mid-1800s. It gives the feeling of a time warp back to the feudal days of the Samurai shogunate. We learned via a judge at the NTHK-NPO that only very skilled swordsmen under patronage of Feudal lords could have a red saya. Skilled Samurai only!

The fuchi-kashira is of silver depicting a tiger and bamboo. A tiger represents spiritual force to confront life’s challenges and the bamboo signifies the necessary flexibility one needs to possess in order to find life balance.

The iron tsuba (guard) carries the design of a dragon with a bonji symbol and the vajra thunderbolt, matching the brilliant sankozuka menuki that guards the tsuka (hilt).

There is a saying in the Japanese Samurai culture that only special and sharp swords are carried inside a red scabbard.

The blade has been certified with NBTHK Hozon Token and NTHK-NPO Kanteisho for both the koshirae and tsuba.




No. 3008220

Certificate of Designation

One, Katana

Mei (signature)

Omi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhiro (Kiritsuke Mei) Wakige Otoshi

2 Shaku 4 Sun 6 Bu (74.5 cm)

After examination, we hereby announce that the Katana has been awarded

Hozon Token (A sword worthy of conservation)

Issued in 27th year of Heisei (2015), March 26th

Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (The Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)



Issue No: 6860

Certificate of Designation

One, Katana Koshirae

Aka (Red) Nuri Uchi Katana Koshirae

Shoshin (authentic)

Issued in 27th year of Heisei (2015), October 18th

The Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK-NPO)

The Non-Profit Japanese Sword Appraisal Association Chairman of the Board, Teiji Miyano


Back Page:

Mumei (unsigned)

Sunpo (length):

103.4 cm

Koshirae (sword fittings):

Tsuka (hilt): Shirasame Gi Fuka-cha Ito Hishi Maki Tsuka

White ray skin wrapped base traditionally weaved with dark brown silk

Fuchi kashira (collar/pommel): Shibuichi Suriji Takabori Shikei Tora Zu Shibuichi polished, high relief engraving, and tiger design

Menuki (decorative grips): Katachi Bori Sanko Ken Zu

High relief engraving and Sanko sword design

Tsuba (guard): Tetsu Zui Mokuji Usu Niku Bori U-ryu ni Sanko to Bonji

Dragon/rain/bonji/sankozuka design

Note: Crafted during late Edo period (1780-1867).



Issue No: 6861

Certificate of Designation

One, Tsuba

Den Higo, Koudai Jingo

Shoshin (authentic)

Issued in 27th year of Heisei (2015), October 18th

The Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK-NPO)

The Non-Profit Japanese Sword Appraisal Association Chairman of the Board, Teiji Miyano


Back Page:

Mumei (unsigned)

Tsukurikomi (style of forging): Kaku Boke Gata Ryo

Square Japanese quince shape and two holes for kogai and kozuka

Shitaji (material): Tetsu-zui Moku Ji

Hammered pattern base

Zugara (design): U-Ryu ni Sanko ni Bonji

Dragon/rain/bonji/sankozuka design

Hori (engraving): Usu Niku Bori Nuno Me Zogan

Thin high relief engraving and cloth pattern inlay

Sunpo (measurement): Length: 7.7cm, Width: 7.2cm

Note: Crafted during late Edo period. (1780-1867)










Wakige Otoshi Cutting Test



Kojiri (end of saya - cap)



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