The workmanship (kitae) of Mihara blades have high, and wide shinogi-ji, hada with dense ko-itame sometimes with masame, whitish jigane, and hamon styles of suguba sometimes with mixed midare, ashi, inazuma and sunagashi. the most easily noticed distinguishing factor, is the "mihara boshi". these are the most noticeable.
THE TYPICAL "MIHARA BOSHI": THESE BOSHI'S HAVE A RATHER SOFT KO-MARU (SMALL ROUND) TURN BACK, WITH A RATHER ABRUPT TURNED UP (TOWARD THE MUNE) ENDING (SEE DRAWING). Horimono is very rare. ko-mihara blades are rated "OWazamono" (supreme sharpness)!
There is a famous tachi named "O-Mihara" that Toyotomi Hideyoshi,
(personal assistant to Daimyo Oda Nobunaga) gave as a gift to Asano
Yukinaga, a famous
retainer. As for the
timeline of this school, Ko-Mihara refers to the early works (LATTER
THE EXTREME SHARPNESS, AND DURABILITY OF THE MIHARA BLADES WAS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THERE POPULARITY. IT IS COMMON AMONG SWORD JUDGES TO
CALL A BLADE WITH YAMATO INFLUENCE THAT THEY ARE UNCERTAIN OF, "MIHARA".
early KO-MIHARA BLADES, SUCH AS THIS JUYO EXAMPLE EXHIBITING
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