Originally intended as a utility knife to be carried in the pocket of a saya, this quality Kogatana is in very nice polish and is signed NAGASONE KOTETSU NIDAI MEI OKIMASA w/KAO. The overall length is 6 1/4" x ½" wide. The blade is 3 5/8" long. The nakago is 1 5/8" long. The unpolished side of the blade bears deeply incised yasurimei and on the opposite side the hamon, which is vigorously undulating & active, reveals solid craftsmanship and boasts much to see and enjoy.
This blade comes in a nicely done to scale shirasaya with sayagaki noting the same mei. This is a well made piece with many interesting features and the added appeal of a very attractive shirasaya.