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TANTO

MASAHIRO

SOSHU DEN

KOTO c. 1400 (+)

NBTHK TOKUBETSU KICHO

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI: MASAHIRO

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 23.81cm (9.375")

OVERALL: 33.33cm (13.125")

MIHABA: 2.38cm (0.94")

KASANE: 0.794cm (0.3125")

SORI: 0.159 cm (0.0625")

NAKAGO: UBU FUNAGATA

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: INDISTINGUISHABLE

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: CHOJI MIDARE / HITATSURA

BOSHI: MIDARE WITH KAERI FUKAI

HABAKI: TWO PIECE GOLD/SILVER FOIL

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

SHIRASAYA

 

TANTO with KOSHIRAE

MASAHIRO

SOSHU DEN

NBTHK TOKUBETSU KICHO

The Shodai or first generation Soshu Masahiro was said to have been a pupil of Masamune.
While certainly not that Masahiro and, due to a number of Soshu smiths using the Masahiro name, as well as their works being similar,
it is difficult to pinpoint the exact generation which made this Tanto, hence the "Den" or school attribution by the NBTHK.


Fujishiro had this to say, "Most Soshu Masahiro blades are forgeries, and genuine blades are rare"
As this sword is accompanied by papers from the NBTHK, I suppose we will consider it rare!


This Tanto has seen a few polishes in it's 400 + years of existence, but overall it is still in really good condition and quite enjoyable to admire.
There are a few small areas of light scuffs, hike kizu or surface scratches, kitte ware, etc., but nothing at all serious or much less fatal.
The overall sugata of this Tanto would suggest later Soshu work, perhaps Odawara Soshu, and most likely Muramachi period.
The ji-hada is hard and very tightly formed, with a few areas of mokume which is characteristically coarse.
The hamon is hitatasura which consists of nioi and ko-nie.
There is an abundance of activity to be seen such as ji-nie, hakikake, sunagashi, uchinoke, tobiyaki, inazuma, nijuba, etc..

 

The Aikuchi style Koshirae is done in a dark brown lacquer with gold lacquer and crushed abalone shell inlays representing water and gold
lacquer of a goose and the moon, though the inlay in the moon is missing.
The kurigata is iron with gold scroll work.
The Koshirae comes with custom tsunagi.


The Shirasaya is well above average and features Horn koiguchi and fuchi as well as ivory Hatome.

 

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