Sword #2: Edo period sword
Early Edo period sword signed "Bungo Ju Tomoyuki" with cutting test (tameshimei) dated 1862 by Minamoto Taro at an execution ground just outside of Tokyo.
This sword is featured on pages 124 and 125 of "Military Swords of Japan 1868-1945" by Richard Fuller and Ron Gregory.
Nakago showing the Tameshimei - see below for translation of this very same sword which featured in Gregory & Fullers Book . The sword was originally in WW2 fittings.
p124 Gregory & Fuller book
"Bungo Ju Tomoyuki"
p125 Gregory & Fuller book
The following are three illustrations are from the book "The School of Hizen Tadayoshi- 1598 - 1871" to show how cutting tests like this were performed:
Swords used in Tameshigiri are said to "want more blood" and are often termed TATARU-TO (Evil Sword).This seller has had 5 stitches as a result of a hand cut from this sword - so be warned.
Hamon and Hada
Small 16mm ware in the Ji above the hamon.
Tsuba & Fuchi
Tsuba by "Kofu Ju Masahisa" from Musashi Provence.
Rare cutting test on a published sword. Gunome choji hamon. Silver dragon menuki, Matching gold/shakudo nanako cockrels on the fuchi/kashira. In polish with shirasaya and short tsunagi for the koshirae. The blade appears much older than the cutting test so there are three probable listings of Bungo Tomoyuki in Hawley dating from 1624 through to 1716 (TOM 363/364/365). This sword is very well balanced.
69.1 cm, 27.2 ", 2 Shaku 2 Sun 8 Bu Cutting Length
"Bungo Ju Tomoyuki" - The swordsmith Tomoyuki from Bungo Provence.
"Ni Oite Senju Futatsu Do Do-Dan Futsu, Nagasaka Minamoto Taro Tamesu Kore-Wo"
At Senju (execution ground just outside of Tokyo) Minamoto Taru tested this sword using the 2nd body trunk cut and into the earth mound.
"Bunkyu Ni Nen San-Gatsu Ju-Hachi-Nichi"
18 March 1862