TANTO

SUE-MIHARA

NBTHK HOZON

 

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI:  MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 29.21cm (11.5")

OVERALL: 39.37cm (15.5")

MIHABA: 2.54cm (1.")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: NONE

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-ITAME

HAMON: SUGUHA

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE
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SHIRASAYA

TANTO

SUE-MIHARA

NBTHK HOZON PAPERS

The Mihara school was located in Bingo no Kuni or Bingo province.  The Mihara kei is said to have been founded by a Masaie around 729-749 though this is debated.  Tokuji Masaie c. 1306-1308 is generally considered the founder, but is also thought by some to be a revivalist of the school.  The school worked up until the Shinshinto period around 1800.  As the school works in the Yamato style, it is stated that the school derives an influence from the Yamato tradition perhaps from it's neighbor the Aoe school or perhaps the founder who was said to have come from Bizen, may have actually come originally from Yamato province.  Masaie is rated by Fujishiro at Jo-Saku for his skill level and the great sword tester Yamada Asauemon Yoshichika ranks him as O-Wazamono  for the sharpness of his blades in the book, "Kokin Kaji Bikosen. Blades forged prior to the beginning of the Muromachi period are known collectively as Ko-Mihara. Ko-Mihara smith's included Masaie, Masahiro, Masanobu.

The Muromachi period  was known as the second period and swords were divided into two groups, the Chu-Mihara and the Sue-Mihara.  The Chu-Mihara period is considered to be from the beginning of Oei(1394-1428) to Bunnan(1444-1449) while the Sue-Mihara infers swords after this time until the end of Muromachi.

The above is a brief summary of the school however if you would like to read more about this school I have attached an in depth article written by Mr. Allen Pressley.

ARTICLE

This Tanto presents as almost textbook perfect for this school and period.  It depicts gorgeous Yamato style being long, sleek and graceful. The hada is a wonderful ko-itame which to me is it's most striking feature.  There is slight shirake utsuri present in the graceful jitetsu.  The ko-nie deki hamon is done as suguha and is absolutely perfect.  There is not a lot of activity seen within the hamon, but note this was the style of the period. The ko-maru boshi turns and steeply dives for a couple of inches along the mune. The sword is in very good polish and great condition with only a few light surface scratches.  It has been brought up that this Tanto gave a slight impression of Ryokai's work, an extreme compliment and testament to the quality work seen in this sword.

This Tanto comes in a quality shirasaya featuring Buffalo horn koiguchi and mekugi. It is papered by the NBTHK as Sue-Mihara.

 

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