Mei: 'NOBUIYE' H 07065.0 Hosoji-mei
Mid to late Edo period ca 1750.
Tetsu-ji tsuba, very well tempered with kohineri-mimi (a type of Uchikaeshi mimi that has a slight twist to the rolled edge). Present is a sekigane of copper. Tekkotsu appears on both sides.
Irregular carved hollows on both sides appear severe yet poetic, in harmony with the simplicity and renunciation which are integral to Zen, a Buddhist school of thought adopted with fervor by the Bushi.
6.6cm x 6.8cm x 0.4cm thick.