Kotetsu, Hamon (pattern of the temper line of a blade): Jyuzuha and Go-no Me Midare/Hiiri/Blade: 73 cm (28.7”)/Sori (curvature): 5 bu 5 rin (1.7 cm, 0.6")/Weight (without scabbard): 860 g, 1.89 pounds/Tsukamaki (hilt wrapping): Rkyucha (brown) cotton nenshi on ray skin, tiger pattern/Saya (scabbad): Kuro-nuri ro-iro/Size of Tsuka (Handle): 8 sun (24 cm, 9.4")/Kanagu (metal fittings): Tengu (brass)
Kotestu, Shinsengumi leader Kondo Isami, his favorite sword. He said "My Kotetsu is hungry for blood tonight."
• Sinsengumi: The Shinsengumi (the literal translation being the “Newly Selected Team”) was a Tokugawa Shogunate police system formed toward the end of the shogunate in the 19th century to maintain law and order in Kyoto. There were, however, twists and turns in the birth of the team. Many heroes from this team are still popular on TV and in movies.
Sukashi Tsuba (tsuba with cut-out motifs), picture of dragon, brass