A modern bladesmith rooted in the old traditions

追涼風 Following the Cool Breeze Tanto

Forged steel blade 9.5″ nagasa. The steel is tamahagane. My own home-made steel. It has a beautiful o-mokume hada that shows very nicely in the polish. The hamon is ko-midare. The tanto is fitted in the aikuchi style. The saya is poplar lacquered in red and adorned with a bamboo motif. The kanji reads: 追涼風 “Following the Cool Breeze”. The koiguchi is made of copper and the kurikata of horn. The tsuka is high quality same-gawa with horn fuchi and kashira. The habaki and menuki are made of patinated brass.