This is a fine katana by the smith Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi. It is signed (Kiku) Tamba…..The balance of the signature has been lost due to shortening. This smith worked in the Yamashiro province around the Kanbun era or a little later (1670’s). It has a very shallow sori almost mu-sori. The cutting edge is 69.9 cm or 27 1/2 inches. It must have been a real monster before it was shortened. The hamon is a notare midare sudare-ba as one would expect from this smith. There are a couple of very minor openings in the ji (see photo below), but nothing to worry about and do not detract from this blade. For more information about this smith and his lineage, please refer to the following article, Yoshimichi.
This blade was sold on this website several years ago and was in excellent polish. Unfortunately, it was mis-treated and the polish definitely needs some re-freshening to remove the scuffing and many minute scratches that now exist. It comes with a solid silver habaki. It is in a nice quality shirasaya and there is no koshirae. It comes with NBTHK Tokubetsu Kitcho Token papers dated 1979 attesting to the attribution and to the quality of the blade. I absolutely guarantee that this blade would pass the NBTHK Hozon shinsa if the polish were restored.
I am pricing this blade at a rock bottom level to allow the new owner ample room to pay for the polish restoration and Hozon papers. This blade was originally listed on this website for $6,500.00 and is being offered at a fraction of that price for a quick sale.
PRICE: $1,750.00 + shipping