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Ajiri Yasuyoshi Tachi
Right out of the woodwork, a work by a fairly rare smith. An ubu utsushi katana by Ajiri Yasuyoshi, of the Yasukuni Jinja. Signed, tachi nijimei, Yasuyoshi. Dated Showa junana nen san gatsu kichijitsu (a lucky day in March, 1942). Hawatare 2 shaku 1 sun 5 bu 3 rin (65.25 cm / 25.69") Motohaba: 2.98 cm. Sakihaba: 1.96 cm. Kasane: 6.9 mm. Chu suguba, gunome midare, choji, ashi iri, nado. Tight jigane, almost muji. The heavy hadori, and the lack of sunlight makes getting a good picture of the hamon impossible. Some scuffing, needing a polish. Toko Taikan rating of 1,000,000 yen.
The mounts are WWII shingunto, with a couple of pieces missing from the scabbard, which also shows some denting. Faded brown/blue tassel.
Born in Taisho 1 (1912) at Yamagata. Trained under Yasunori. Joined the NTK in Showa 8 (1933) as a handyman, became Yasunori's sakite in Showa 10 (1935), and then Yasukuni tosho in Showa 15 (1940). Died in 1994. Produced about 700 blades at Yasukuni. $4,500
Showa junana nen san gatsu kichijitsu / Yasuyoshi Toko Taikan