- Measurements: overall length 12 1/2 inches (31.75cm); blade length 6 3/4 inches (17.14cm)
The dagger has a tempered along the edge, tip and spine, and fitted with an ivory collar, spacers, and tsuba. The collar is decorated with a wrap-around scene of a small dog and a pig playing with a ball of string, while the top spacer is decorated with a scene of a dragon in flight, and the tsuba is square in profile, with a carved-through, a 3 dimensional scene of a dragon flying in clouds.
The fuchi and kashira are also carved with a dragon themed in ivory, a 2 line signature on the former, with a leather grip wrap and a pair of golden dragon menuki. The tang is signed “Nagahiro Saku”. The weapon has a carved hardwood saya, with a 3 symbol signature and a red inked ivory stamp inside the kogatana slot, carved ivory cloud inlaid panels, raised carved hardwood clouds and dragons with gold eyes, and a contrasting hardwood tip with a carved wraparound scene of a dragon in flight, with ivory inlaid claws and ivory, ebony and gold inlaid eyes.
The blade shows evidence of having been shortened from its original size. It has a square cut at the base eliminating some of the smith’s signature, and a second mekugiana which runs into the decorations of the blade. The temper line is wavy and well defined up to the tip, with the right side engraved with a trident, showing a ribbon wrapped around the shaft, and the left shows a single untranslated symbol over a pair of fullers. The tang is signed with 4 symbols on the right and 7 on the left. Equipped with a brass collar and a shirasaya-pattern hilt and saya.
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