L. 23 7/16 in. (59.6 cm); L. of blade 21 5/16 in. (54.2 cm); L. of cutting edge 15 11/16 in. (39.8 cm); D. of curvature 3/16 in. (0.5 cm)
Gift of Brayton Ives and W. T. Walters, 1891
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 378
Due to the fashion for shorter swords in later centuries, the tang of this blade was trimmed by about four inches (ten centimeters), resulting in the loss of the bladesmith's signature. The mounting was designed to appeal to European and American tastes.
Inscription: Inscribed on the knife handle (kozuka): 相坂主氷心子焠 (Shu Aisaka no tame ni Hyōshinshi kore wo yaku).