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The brochure cover at the right reads in part beginning at the top right and reading down to the
TOROKU SHOHYO (registered brand) and TACHIBANA
SANDAI (Tachibana the third) and in bold letters SAKON
KANNA and at the bottom left a seal reading TACHIBANA
The interior of the brochure reads in part from right to left:
Tachibana Sandai Sakon
Since my childhood, I worked to make the very best kanna and this kanna contains these features:
Special steel used to make this product is better than traditional sword steel and comes from the
Hitachi Aki factory institute.
The blue cover side of the folded paper booklet has in white lettering SUPER QUALITY,
DOGYU, NATIONAL BLADE EXHIBIT PRIZE with the Blade Exhibt Seal in the
The interior of the pamphlet reads from right to left starting with the hand written portion.
DOGYU KANNA IS MADE OF KAMAJI TETSU AND IRON SAND FROM MY
OWN STUDIO. AFTER 40 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND MODERN EQUIPMENT,
THE STEEL WAS MADE WITH A SPECIAL METHOD. IT WAS EXAMINED BY A
MICROSCOPE. IT CONTAINS A PERFECT BALL OF CEMETITE. signed TETSU
SAN JIN IMOTO (first original Imoto), DOGYU.
And to the left upper in red THIS PRODUCT HAS A SUPER HARD FINISH AND A
GOOD QUALITY SHARPENING STONE IS RECOMMENDED.
The graph below is titled CHEMICAL CONTENTS AND TEMPERATURES. The main
components are listed for both the steel and the backing iron and begin from the left to the
right in the second column CARBON, SILICON, MANGANESE, PHOSPHORUS,
SULPHER, CHROME, TUNGSTUN, MOLYBDENUM and the percentages below are
first for the high carbon blade steel and below for the backing base iron. Below that are the
kiln temperatures for each and I believe the annealing temperatures but this part would need
some extra research in the translation.
The wrapper with the illustration on it translates on the back portion to read from right to left:
Examined by microscope. This Tachibana Sakon blade contains 3 characteristics;
1. Steel- Togo ko, best sharpest steel ever made
2. Base iron- Watesu (Japanese Steel) soft less than 20 degrees.
3. Tachibana Sakon company is know to be a direct line from sword maker from Hida region.
Tachibana Sakon Honpo (store).
The paper Certificate with the gold boarder illustrated below reads and states from right to left:
Through 20 years experience and 5 years of research we succeeded to make this kanna blade. We
have strived to eliminate any defects and improve the quality of all or 100% of the kanna blades
we make. Our tests involved more then 100 kanna blades that were field tested by carpenters and
cabinetmakers. This field study produced no bad results. (And to the very left with their seal)
Tachibanna Sakon, Togo-ko.
Down below is an area where you fill in your name and address and the store where you purchased
the kanna and then I assume the store will send that back to the Tachibanna company.
Click here to see a whole page about Usui's kanna with photos of Usui documents.