Absolutely rare "4 Torso cutting sword"
part of Daimyo Maeda Toshitsugu Sword Collection-NBTHK paper.
In Japan, there are roughly 2 million swords registered, it is estimated that 5% were used to test on human corpse and out of 14,000 registered with NBTHK, Juyo and tokubetsu-Juyo, only 120 bears a cutting test- 80 through 2 bodies, 40 through 3 bodies and 2 through 4 bodies.
Outside what were registered with the NBTHK Juyo and Tokuju record, there are known examples that cut through as many as 7 bodies but these are absolutely rare.
A wakizashi cut test was done attaching the blade to a tsuka that was as long as the blade itself. A special metal tsuba of 5 kg is attached to add on the weight.
This sword was registered in Year Showa 26 (1951) so-called "Year of Daimyo registration".
In this year, all important sword Collections of Daimyos were asked to register first to set a precedence to pacify the sword owners that it was not a sword confiscation exercise that had happened during WW2.
Long wakizashi in shirasaya. Signed: "Ohmi daijo~ Fujiwara Yukimitsu" and chiseled in red lacquer on the reverse: "Cut through four stacked torso at the execution ground, by Matsuba Shirobei I Tomoyoshi (kao)." NBTHK Hozon Token paper dated 2012.
Many Japanese owners are happy to just have their swords authenticated and have no interest to submit for higher paper as it is time consuming and incur extra cost.
Swords that are able to cut 4 torso swords are considered as absolutely rare and very few seen so far.
Yukimitsu, was a student of Ishido Korekazu. He was active in 1661-1681 and made swords for the Toyama Clan ruler, Maeda Toshitsugu.
Signatures: omi Fujiwara yukimitsu
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