WAKIZASHI (O-TANTO)

SHIMIZU HISAYOSHI

TENPO c. 1830

MUSASHI PROVINCE

CHUJOSAKU

NTHK KANTEISHO

 

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 31.27cm (12.3125")

OVERALL: 42.22cm (16.625")

MIHABA: 2.063cm (0.8125")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 0.3175cm (0.125")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA:  MASAME / ITAME

HAMON: NOTARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SOLID SILVER

SHIRASAYA / KOSHIRAE

WAKIZASHI (O-TANTO)

SHIMIZU HISAYOSHI

TENPO c. 1830

MUSASHI PROVINCE

CHUJOSAKU

NTHK KANTEISHO

Tanto(wakizashi) attributed to Shimizu Hisayoshi per the NTHK.   I refer to this sword as a Tanto as it is mounted as such, however due to it's length slightly exceeding 12", it is technically a wakizashi, and is papered as a wakizashi.

Hisayoshi was originally from Sagami and was considered to be the best student of Hosokawa Masayoshi, himself a master trained by the great shinshinto smith Masahide.  Hisayoshi is a direct descendent of Masamune which is perhaps why he was fond of Soshu work. He is also known as the teacher of the great Sa Yukihide.  As seen in this example he excelled in the Soshu den tradition of O-Midare.

The blade itself is just gorgeous.  The large undulating notare hamon with it's midare komi boshi and long turn back give it a very powerful feel.. The Masame hada runs through the hamon creating beautiful sunagashi throughout.  There is sprinkled nie and ji-nie over the entire blade. There are chikei and areas of swirling itame, almost mokume.

The blade is mounted in shirasaya with a one piece solid silver habaki.  There is also a koshirae.

The Tanto koshirae is done in a floral motif. The tsuba is iron and depicts leaves and butterflies.

The photos above should provide the necessary info.

 

$4500 plus S/H

 

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