Shodai Yamakichibei Tsuba
Yamasaka Kichibei known as Yamakichibei worked as a katsushi of the famous Shogun Oda Nobunaga and worked in Momoyama era. It is also known that the shodai Yamakichibei and the shodai Hoan were students of the shodai Nobuiye. His tsuba have been greatly loved by collectors and imitated by many tsuba makers. The genuine Yamakichibei is extremely rare and it exhibits great surface hammering and tetsu-mi with iron bones. The first two generations are regarded as the best pieces but the shodai is the better. This tsuba is attributed by the Shodai Yamakichibei, Katana size, and accompanies the NBTHK Hozon paper. One of the best Yamakichibei tsubas. Mokko gata, Maru-kaku mimi, seppa-dai 3mm/mimi 4mm, 7.6cm X 6.9cm.