Tachi "Naohiro" with Shirasaya
blade length 68.3cm, curvature 2.2cm, thickness at the
base 8.5mm, width at the base 3.2cm, weight 950g
The steel has a small wood grain layer pattern.
The hamon is a choji pattern made of konie (small particles).
The start of utsuri (shadow of hamon) is clear, and it
runs toward the kissaki as irregular pattern. The appearance of the relation
between the hamon and the utsuri is fantastic. It is not designed by the
smith, it suggests an amazing effect of sensitive steel.
The blade quality is very good, and so is the polishing
The polishing is the classical style (Sashikomi), but
the steel colour seems a little modern. In other words, the polishing work
makes the contrast of colours between the hamon and the ji clearer than
orthodox sashikomi styles.
"Kinoto Tori Juni-gatsu nichi" (2005 December)
The habaki is an oxidized silver.