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The Nihonto Koza includes some nice notes on the style of Taima blades from old reference books. These are important in identifying Taima since so few exist today.

They commonly point out a bluish purple color to the steel, and that it should be bright, and clear, and mention a hamon that starts narrow and becomes thick in the middle. Boshi are mostly suguba with some notare and are often yakitsume. Works of the very end of the Kamakura going into the Nabokucho are said to be of wide mihaba.

This gorgeous sword meets this description very well, and moreover, is without any flaws. This is very rare to find on koto swords and in particular Yamato blades which saw much use and polish. Since the mihaba is narrow with a smallish kissaki it is work most likely attributed closer to the time of the founder. In sugata, it resembles strongly works of Rai Kunitoshi from around this time (1288). The hamon is filled with a riot of fine activities, from the expected hotsure and uchinoke, to extremely fine sunagashi, ashi and yo. There is fine nijuba in the boshi, and also powerful nijuba down near the machi where the hamon narrows. It's a real delight. In the bottom half of the sword, midare and gunome are more common and in this it resembles very much Soshu Yukimitsu which again is no surprise given the research material.

The shinogi is very high, giving the sword a sharp diamond shaped profile, and the hi is considered rare for this school. The jihada is very clear and is a mixture of itame and mokume with visible chikei and some sprays of black ji nie. The boshi features a small kaeri and as well as the nijuba there is hakkikake.

This sword is accompanied by fine quality handachi koshirae. It is a very well made and honorable koshirae for this very fine and very rare sword.

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