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roger dundas

Another Aikuchi- With a question about the maker

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Hello members, hoping that the following photos are satisfactory and clear enough for you fellow Nihonto collectors to see what you want to see ? If not satisfactory  then we are quite happy to try again . We appreciate the irritation of not getting satisfactory illustrations but it is our lack of skill and not our lack of caring.

Aikuchi - 31cms overall,   20.5cm Armor piercing blade, I think,   9.6mm wide blade at hibachi.

Signed : HIZEN NO KUNI TADAYOSHI    ?17th or 18th century. Almost certainly a spurious signature and I was aware of that when purchasing it having previously had a katana with a similar, spurious signature to Tadayoshi (soon advised otherwise).

Suguha hamon in fine polish I was advised.

I purchased it because I liked the blade.

Any and all comments will be welcome.

Roger j

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Roger,

that is a really nice looking one! Might indeed be an early EDO JIDAI YOROIDOSHI in obviously very good condition.
(You got a HIBACHI for free with it? Wonderful! Or did you mean HABAKI? :glee: )

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You are right Jean and thank you for the correction. I only get a little bit embarrassed these days when I stuff up otherwise I would perpetually have a red face.

It hasn't always been like this and I do try to be correct.

Regards, Roger

Roger j

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interesting blade Roger well done. I am fascinated by Yoridoshi. In effect  they are  glorified spike but the effort that went in to making them was every bit as great as for other tanto. I was wondering what additional challenges, if any, hardening the edge and boshi on a blade of this thickness might have>

anyway  that's two interesting tanto you have shared with us thank you

 

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