some time ago i came across this term and wondered about the meaning.
I think the term loyalist blade describes a certain type of blade in terms of the dimensions (heavy kasane, slightly or even significantly longer than standard) and it had to be produced in a quite narrow time period (shin-shinto period,1860´s).
But i could not really find any further explanation, for example which group started to wear them first (Sonno-joi)?
Was it a political statement or just something to annoy the establishment?
This is a katana of my collection. It has a kasane of 9,3mm and a nagasa of 75,3cm. It was forged around the 1860`s and therefore i think that it is quite a standard example of this type.
Any comments are welcome