c1680 Japanese Steel Su Yari Spear Head Signed


A beautiful early to mid Edo Period (1603 - 1868) Japanese Straight Blade Yari in very good condition.

Whilst the spears were not originally considered an important weapon, the Mongol invasions of the 1270s changed the philosophy of Japanese weaponry. The blades of these spears were made by famous smiths and this one is attributed to Fujiwara Kanesaki, although we cannot make out clearly the characters on the tang. The blade is straight with a diamond section (ryƵ shinogi yari) and the edge temper lines (hamon) are clearly visible.

In fact, the spear heads are made of the same steel (tamahagane) as the swords, which makes them very durable. The tang is long, approximately twice the length of the blade.

Size: 43.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 cm (17 1/8 x 1 x 5/8 inch)
Head Length: 14.5 cm (5 3/4 inches)
Weight: 165 g