TANTO

TAKANO MASATAKA

c.1969

SPECIAL ORDER

NTHK

 

SUGATA:  HIRA ZUKURI

MEI:  O FUJISAWA ICHII SHI JU MASATAKA SAKU

DATE:  SHOWA YON JU YON NEN GO GATSU BI

NAGASA: 27.3cm (10.75")

OVERALL: 38.42cm (15.125")

MIHABA: 2.86cm (1.125")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI:  SLIGHT UCHI-ZORI

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME:  KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA:  ITAME

HAMON:  CHOJI MIDARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  1PC. GOLD FOIL

SHIRASAYA

 

Takano Masataka was born in 1891, Takano being his last name.  Masataka lived in Omi, Tokyo and was a member of the Ikkansai Mon.  His lineage is quite impressive and varied. Masataka was a student of Ikkansai Sakai Shigemasa.  Shigemasa was a student of his uncle, Morioka Masayoshi.  Masayoshi had studied under both Minamoto Kanenori and the famous Gassan Sadakazu.  Masataka became a student of Shigemasa in 1942, but was interrupted by WWII.  After the war, Masataka became a student of Hirajima, a well known sword polisher.  Masataka became a sword polisher, but in 1961 returned to sword making under his former teacher Shigemasa.  He excelled in his teachers signature style of "Bizen".  He won awards at the 4th, 5th, and 6th NBTHK Shinsakuto competitions.

This tanto is flawless and was forged when Masataka was 78 years old.  It was forged in his favorite Bizen style, exhibiting a beautiful Itame hada with ji-nie and chikei.  The hamon is of course Choji midare, with some saka choji, lots of ashi and the nioi is very fine and bright.

This tanto was a special order, made for Mr. Fujisawa Ichii, which is engraved on the nakago.

Tanto comes with NTHK Kantaisho, shirasaya, and storage bag.

 

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