TANTO

DEN SHINKEI TANEMITSU

c. 1865-1868

 

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 27.9cm (11")

OVERALL: 37.78cm (14.875")

MIHABA: 3.175cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 2.22cm (0)

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: MOKUME

HAMON: HITATSURA

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HORIMONO OMOTE: SUKEN

HORIMONO URA: BONJI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

SHIRASAYA / KOSHIRAE

Late Edo Tanto attributed to Den Tanemitsu. Tanemitsu was a member of the Noatane Mon and his works are said to resemble his teacher's. Tanemisu's works are rated Chujosaku. His works can be seen in the Nihonto Koza pg. 108, Fujishiros pg. 146, and the Shinshinto Taikan pg. 231.

The workmanship seen in this blade is quite nice and atypical for Shinshinto.  The Hada exhibited is Itame with areas of swirling Mokume and not the standard muji seen in so many works from this period.  The Hamon is listed on the worksheet as Hitatsura.  Nie and ji-nie literally cover the blade. There are chikei, and sunagashi.  There are Bonji Horimono on the Ura side and a Suken Horimono on the Omote.

This tanto was awarded papers at the 2012 NTHK shinsa in Tampa.  It was once signed Norishige(gimei of course), the owner had the mei removed and it received it's current attribution to den Shinkei Tanemitsu. As of this writing the papers have not been received.  Once received they will be forwarded to the owner.

 

$4250 plus S/H

 

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