Touken Ranbu Online Ichigo Hitofuri Tachi Sword
|Blade Material||Carbon Steel|
|Blade Edge||4mm; Blunt|
|Handle||Hard Wood; Red Faux Ray Skin and Nylon Cord Wrappings|
|Scabbard||Hard Wood; Painted Finish|
Ichigo Hitofuri is a personified sword character created in Touken Ranbu Online game series. The real sword once belonged to the Asakura clan of Echizen province until the family was destroyed in 1573 during the course of Oda Nobunaga’s seizure of power, which transferred its ownership to the Mōri clan. On the 18th of September 1590, Toyotomi Hideyoshi visited the Mōri estate and the sword was given to him. Toyotomi Hideyoshi wanted to wear Ichigo Hitofuri by all means and ordered the blade to be shortened to match his rather short height.
Ichigo Hitofuri was damaged in the summer of 1615 during the Siege of Osaka at Osaka Castle and then re-tempered by Yasutsugu under the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu. However, Ieyasu didn’t had the chance to use this sword because he was advised by the Priest Tenkai to avoid sending Hideyoshi’s swords (including Ichigo Hitofuri) to Edo. Ichigo Hitofuri remained in possession of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa until Tokugawa Mochinaga presented the sword to Emperor Koumei on January 29th, 1863 and it has been an Imperial treasure since that time, alongside Tsurumaru Kuninaga, Uguisumaru and Hirano Toushirou.
The Touken Ranbu game subscribes to the interpretation that Ichigo Hitofuri is the only tachi forged by Awataguchi Yoshimitsu; in actuality, it is known that another tachi was associated with Yoshimitsu - Kaikiri Yoshimitsu (owned by the Kyougoku clan), which construes Ichigo Hitofuri as the namesake of Yoshimitsu's lifetime masterpiece.
Fans enjoy portraying him as the big brother of the Toushirou tantous, due to him being the biggest/tallest blade among Yoshimitsu's creations, not because he's the oldest among them.