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Tegai Katana 手搔 - NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

Tegai Katana 手搔 - NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon

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  • Blade Length: 70.3 cm
  • Sori : 1,3 cm
  • Hamon : chu suguha
  • Period : Kamakura
  • Province : Yamato
  • Certification: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
  • Shirasaya & Koshirae

Historical Context: This Katana is attributed to the Tegai school of the Yamato tradition, active during the Kamakura period. The Tegai school, originating near the Tengai-mon of Todaiji Temple in Nara, was founded by Kanenaga around 1288-1293. Known for supplying swords to temples, Tegai smiths were integral in the defense and armament of religious establishments in Yamato province.

The Tegai school's blades are distinguished by their traditional Yamato characteristics, such as a high shinogi-zukuri and iori mune, with marked curvature (koshi-zori) and chu-suguba hamon with nie. The tight, yet beautiful ko-itame hada and the boshi with strong nie and yakizume are signature traits of this school's craftsmanship. These features demonstrate the Tegai school's commitment to quality and aesthetic in blade making.

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Shipping and Return

  • Swords are shipped from Tokyo, Japan. We manage all the procedures to export the sword.
  • You can't return sword to Japan because procedures are too strict.
  • We work with a shipping company that have experience with Nihonto so you don't have to worry.
  • Please check the rules of your country before importing the sword. We do not take any responsibility, including (not limited to) refund, due to the above reasons.

Export Procedure (We manage it)

・All our swords are registered in the Agency for Cultural Affairs as artwork and The Board of Education(Cultural properties protection Committee); therefore each sword has the registration card, issued by the Board of Education.
・After receiving the full payment of the items,we return the registration card and get the permission from Ministry of Cultural Affairs to export the swords legally from Japan. It will take about 20 business days to do this procedure.
・After the receiving the permission, we will inform you by email and send the items immediately.

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