This is the first Tachi style sword by Kris Cutlery. Tachi swords were used by the samurai prior to the katana. It is carried hanging like most cavalry swords with the blade facing down inside the scabbard. This is unlike the katana, where the blade is facing up and the scabbard is slipped inside a waist band.
The beautiful deep curved blade is 28-¾" long and is slightly over ¼" thick (.276") near the guard. The center of the curved blade is close to middle called toriizori and measures 1-⅜".Two types of steel were used designated 1050 and 9250. Laminations were produced by folding and fusing the two steels together at a very high temperature. The said laminations are visible and also the hamon/temper line. At the base of the blade is a brass habaki / sleeve with channels on the side.
A Moko style tsuba/ guard is used with raised floral designs on the rim in gold and silver color. Large four lobe spacers flank the tsuba. The 10- ½ " handle has a slight curve at the back. Same floral designs are found on the fuchi & kabuto-gane or ferrule & pommel cap on the handle. Same/ ray skin is used under the brown ito/lace wrapping with long gold color dragon menuki/ornament. Handle is pegged in two places with bamboo.
There are two metal ashi / hangers on the saya /scabbard with nice gold colored dog-like figure on one side and silver color on the other side. The koiguchi / band at the mouth of the saya , the metal ring and scabbard tip are all of the same design. The black lacquered saya has a the same brown ito wrap as the handle. This Tachi comes with nice bag with gold color chord.
BLADE: 28-¾" folded steel 9250 & 1050, .2 8 " thick , sori is 1-⅜"
HAMON: straight with slight wave in different parts
MOUNTINGS: metal with raised floral designs in gold and silver color
BALANCE POINT: 5-½ " from the tsuba
WEIGHT: 2.8 lbs. without the saya