The request is to make it in Shintogo style.
The steel is constructed by Kobuse. The steel is cut
into two pieces, one for the wakizashi the other for a tanto.
The steel is drawn to the length.
The wakizashi is shaped by hammer.
It is shaped with plane and file.
It is tempered in a silent night.
The picture is just after the temporary polish to see
Some amount of curvature has occurred. The hamon pattern
is of course Suguha.
On the work of the rough polishing, the smith found a
small blister on the temper line. It is a rice grain size, and the place
is about 23cm from the tip.
The shape is made up with the rough stones. Then a short
groove is engraved on the obverse side.
The next stage is making a habaki.
The habaki is completed.
The blade is polished up.
blade length 56.5cm, curvature 1.0cm
The steel is fine with a small wood grain layer pattern
and full of Jinie/Chikei. It should be a success as Shintogo style.
Unfortunately some rough layer patterns appear on the
blade. It may be the layer what made a blister at the rough polishing stage.
It is not a trouble for steel quality, but a trouble for eye.
The polisher has never tried to grind the blister off,
so the shape is kept in perfect. The blister has despaired naturally, and
only a rough layer pattern has left around that.
The hamon is a straight pattern, of course. It is made
of konie and some amount of nie. The hamon in kissaki is a small round
and turn back with sweeping pattern. The very tip of it is not well mannered.
The motif of fuchi is a landscape with pine trees, simple
houses, and mount Fuji. And so is Tsuba.
The menuki is a long branched pine tree.
We will challenge again to make
another Shintogo style blade.