A selection of oshigata examples.
These include both signed and mumei (unsigned) examples.
Oshigata are drawn on sheets of very thin Japanese paper, similar to tracing paper but with a little more fiber. This is to ensure the paper can be pressed gently onto the nakago of a sword so that a careful rubbing can be made to directly capture any details of a signature or filing patterns that are important for classification. The shape of the sword is then accurately traced out and the blade details drawn in using a variety of pencils, carbon rods and shading techniques.
The result is always a fresh and unique look at the sword. During the detailed examination that is needed to do an oshigata you often discover fine features that could be missed in a normal viewing.
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