Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi

YOSHIMICHI (TANBA no KAMI) katana, Genroku shinto period;

omote mei: “Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi”
sugata: solid Genroku style katana, shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune;
nagasa: not known, obvious sori (not Kanbun shinto style);
hamon: style known as sudare-ba (”rattan blinds”), typical of this group from shinto;
boshi: slightly pointed ko-maru, medium kaeri;
kitae: itama hada with good grain and much ji-nie;
nakago: ubu, rather long, one mekugi ana, go-ji mei, katte sagari yasurimei;
[Mino-to p.115/231/260]
This smith is in the line of Seki Kanemichi who moved from Seki to Kyoto and established the Mishina Ha.
His third son was Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (Hokake Tanba) who developed the sudare-ba hamon.
This blade may be the third son of Hokake Tanba, who moved to Osaka, Settsu.
(oshigata from www.ricecracker.com)
The Osaka group cut “kami” with a long vertical downstroke (lower left); the Kyoto group cut this shorter, and upwards to the left.

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