Shinshinto Shobu Zukuri Wakizashi, Tachibana
In good polish, a Shinshinto Shobu Zukuri Wakizashi, signed Bitchu
no Kami Tachibana Yasuhiro in ShiraSaya.
There were three generations of (Settsu) Yasuhiro, two were very
high ranking. Normally they would include a Kiku mon, as they were
entitled, but this blade has none. So it is either an early, pre-Kiku
award blade, or possibly a tribute blade made by another smith;
we suspect it was made by one of the 3 true / original generations
because it is exceptionally high quality. The blade has virtually
no ware (just one tiny forging "wriggle" line) and a tiny
twin fukure (carbon spot / blister); absolutely nothing in comparison
with most blades. Plus the Mokume Hada (grain) is absolutely superb.
Despite the fact we believe this blade was made by a master, we
are selling it as a high quality wakizashi in very good condition
and priced accordingly, but we suspect this could we be the bargain
of a lifetime for someone.
Bitchu no Kami Tachibana Yasuhiro (see details after photos below)
The 17 5/16 inch cutting edge (Nagasa) blade is in very good condition.
There are a couple of patina spots but we believe nothing major.
The shira saya appears to be quite old and is coming apart a little
at the seams; we glued tsuka (handle) back together.
A truly lovely blade. A real investment at £? (too late,
now sold). Please quote item reference AE23 (0715). Further / full
sized images upon request.
Smiths signing "bitchu no kami tachibana yasuhiro"
Yasuhiro 1st Generation
H/TT/FS Ratings: 60 / 300 / Chu-jo saku
Yasuhiro 2nd Generation
H/TT/FS Ratings: 15 / 250 / Chu-jo saku
Yasuhiro 3rd Generation
H/TT/FS Ratings: 15 / /