The “Roju” was one of the highest-ranking government posts under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan. A lot of officials were under the Roju’s supervision. The Roju also oversaw relations with the Imperial Court in Kyoto, kuge (members of nobility), daimyo, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, and attended to matters like division of fiefs.
Decorated on the tachi style tsuba are the Tokugawa family crests. This katana also features tachi style fuchi-kashira (sans the hanger on the saya), so we consider this sword as a handachi.
The fittings are all brass. The menuki features a samurai wearing a yoroi standing on a landscape with the ocean, mountains, and trees at the background. The habaki features a “neko-gaki” or cat scratch pattern (also called falling rain) which is usually seen on nihonto with high quality koshirae (sword fittings).
The blade is a wicked 29-inch without bohi, giving it considerable weight, and making it a solid cutter. Tsuka length is 12.5 inches. Just like the rest of our 1060 swords, the blade doesn’t have any hamon.
The upper portion of the saya is wrapped in rattan with a glossy black lacquer finish. The rest of the saya is in matte black finish. It is one of the many truly beautiful swords we’ve designed.