Collecting, buying and selling antique Japanese Swords such as Katana’s, Wakizashi’s and Tanto’s

Umabari or Bashin

Product No: KOGATANA – 001.
Product name. 馬の針 Umabari or Bashin, will be sent to you in original Kiri box.
Mei. Signed.
Material. Iron.
Image/design. Many characters, inscribed of a poem. Engraved with a Buddhist symbol.
Era. Mid Edo period.
Date. +/- 1740 – 1760.



Length 19.7cm
Width 1.3  cm
Thickness 0.3  cm



NBTHK Certificate n/a
Other certificate n/a
Condition Umabari or Bashin is in a good condition. (A little corrosion)


Additional Information The Umabari is a small, single-edged knife with a slim blade, in the shape of a Kogatana. The handle portion has many Japanese characters I believe to be an inscribed of a poem. Very sharp along the two edges. Also called “Horse Needle”.


History These were used as both horse bleeder tools and sometimes a backup weapon or “property marker” for Samurai. Found on mountings sometimes in place of a Kogai, Umabari (“horse needle”) was a weapon found on the Japanese swords and daggers, used as a lancet for bleeding horses. This Umabari, was used as an acupuncture tool for horses. It features an inscribed poem on the handle (unable to translate). This is a one piece, all steel implement and found mostly on Higo mountings in place of a Kogai.


Price € 475,– (Shipping and insurance fees are not included in the price).