Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
A what? Yes exactly. An extremely rare piece, the only example I am aware of in published collections at least.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.