Japanese Samurai Sword Katana/Tachi Iga No Kami Kinmichi Gold Inlay 2 Body Test Yamano Ka”emon Nagahisa


The first-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi was a famous swordsmith as well. It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered Kimichi school to forge 1,000 Tachi blades for Sekigahara battles, under the condition that the school would become in charge of the swordsmiths residing in Kyoto back then. The first-gen Kinmichi managed to fulfill Ieyasu’s request, and Ieyasu praised him by granting a special position called *Nippon Kaji Soushou (日本鍛冶宗匠). This position was taken over by the generations of Iga no Kami Kinmichi.
*Nippon Kaji Soushou (日本鍛冶宗匠) was a position that was in charge of granting titles to swordsmiths in Japan on behalf of the emperor’s court.

The so-called “kinzôgan-mei” (金象嵌銘)
Signed Yamano Ka´emon Nagahisa cut through two bodies November 13, 1662
At the age of 65 year he said, a sword has to be effective, that means it had to cut, it is only natural that some of them were tested.
Nagahisa did many cutting test most on body but also on prisoners for execution.

This blade was signed by Iga no Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi (伊賀守藤原金道). The swordsmith name Iga no Kami Kinmichi lasted eleven generations during the Edo period.
The first-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi belonged to Mishina school and was the first son of the Mishina school’s founder. Mishina school was established by the first-gen Mutsu no Kami Omichi (陸奥守大道), also known as Kanemichi. It is said that initially, Kanemichi was from Mino province, exclusively forging blades for Shingen Takeda, a famous feudal lord. Later on, he moved to Kyoto, being invited by the emperor.
Blade is in perfect condition great Hammon very active.
The koshirae is fine and has nice details very rare with copper fittings and Tsuba.
Also is mint condition

Nagasa  length of the blade Tachi 74.4 cm
Sori 2.0 cm
Period: Early Edo
Country: Yamashiro
Paper: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper given April 7 year 1995
Fittings: Koshirae+Shirasaya

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (sword Extra ordinarily Worthy of Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).