Koto Katana 刀 Mihara 三原 Bingo 備後国 Muromachi 室町時代 with Koshirae


Katana blade:

Traditional Japanese Tamahagane (玉鋼) antique forge work

Cutting edge length: 70,2 cm.
Nagasa: 69,3 cm. 
Sori: 1,4 cm.
Motohaba: 3,0 cm. 
Sakihaba: 2,0 cm.
Motogasane: 0,7 cm. 
Sakigasane: 0,5 cm.
Mei: Mumei 無名



Wood: Honoki (Hinoki 檜 Japanese Cypress)
Fuchi/Kashira and Menuki couple: Shakudo with Gold and Silver inlay. Rat and vegetals.
Same: Black genuine Ray Skin
Ito: White natural Silk this white color Ito (like Habaki pure Gold covered) seems to indicate that it is a Koshirae for an important blade and user, in traditionally antiquity white was reserved for persons of at least some importance.
A great fine forged iron open work with Gold and Silver inlay. Depicted bamboo leaves and stalks in fine intricate work
Habaki 鎺:
Covered for a Solid Gold foil, a traditional Habaki work only for high-level blades
Wood: Honoki (Hinoki 檜 Japanese Cypress)
Lacquered: Black traditional Urushi
Sageo: Green Silk
Kojiri: black lacquered with gold edge

Koshirae condition:
It's an antique Koshirae with renewed parts like Ito and Sageo something usual. The general condition is good, showing signs of use and age, but light, as can be seen it through the detailed pictures. 

Koshirae symbolism:
This Koshirae has two symbolisms. Bamboo represents growing in acquiring knowledge and flexibility. the rat good luck, adaptability, resourcefulness, and intelligence.
All this necessary and highly esteemed by the ancient Samurai warriors.




Ref.: Katana 123

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