Object Title

Sword (wakizashi)

Sword (wakizashi)



Object Number



Lanthorn Tower 1986.

Physical Description

The blade is of shinogi zukuri shape with ihori mune, slight fumbari and medium length kissaki.
Stubby tang with katayama kengyo end and kesho yasuri mei.
Hamon is kikusui with two flowers each side and some yakidashi. Hada is virtually muji except for trailing lines near the machi. Boshi is ko maru, narrower than the hamon with only slight kaeri.
Wooden grip covered in good quality same and bound with black braid. Fuchi/gashira of shakudo chiselled with flowers and insects - good quality Mino Goto work.The menuki are ho-o birds in gilt copper. Tsuba is a round plate of shakudo nanako with a roped gilt edge, inlaid with small gilt shishi. Good quality but rather rubbed.
The scabbard is covered with lacquered and polished same with a horn koi guchi, the kurigata and kojiri missing. It is fitted with a wari kogai of yamagane inlaid with nobles under a pine on a punched ground. The kogatana has a copper hilt deeply carved all over with a design of curling waves, the spray being inlaid silver dots. It is signed on the back 'Teruhide', the blade signed 'Awataguchi Ikkanshi Tadatsuna'.


Dimensions: Length of blade is 412 mm, sori is 7 mm, width at machi is 30 mm, width at yokote is 24 mm, length of kissaki is 40 mm. Overall length of mount is 648 mm, length of scabbard is 485 mm. Weight: Weight of blade is 0.45 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Blade signed 'Banyo Oka Yazutomo'(Harima Okamoto Yazutomo) and dated 'Bunka san nen' together with an inscription '? wave and flower make'..


Places Japan, Osaka

Bibliographic References

I Bottomley, An introduction to Japanese swords, Leeds, 2008: 26


The blade corresponds to Hawley Ya226. The signature on the kodzuka is probably not the Omori Teruhide but a later worker since there is insufficient undercuttion of the waves.