Tachi Sword

Tachi Sword
Important Cultural Properties designated by the Japanese government
Signed “Kunimune”
By Kunimune of Bizen Province (present-day Okayama prefecture)
Kamakura period, 14th century
Gift of Ii Family

The tachi is a type of sword usually worn with the cutting edge of the blade facing down. This example was made by the second-generation Kunimune of Bizen. The apparently linear hamon is finely patterned on close inspection, which adds to the character of this sword.

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