TANTO

CHOSHU YASUYOSHI

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI: CHOSHU JU YASUYOSHI

DATE: N/A

NAGASA: 27.62cm (10.875")
 

OVERALL: 36.83cm (14.5")

MIHABA: 3.01cm (1.187")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 0cm (0")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: NOTARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: SHIN NO KURIKARA / ASCENDING DRAGON ON KEN

HORIMONO URA: GOMA HASHI OR TEMPLE ALTER CHOPSTICKS

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER

SHIRASAYA

TANTO

CHOSHU YASUYOSHI

This is a big, beefy, beautiful Tanto inscribed Choshu Yasuyoshi.  There are many smith's by this name listed in Hawley's from Koto to Shinshinto, but pinpointing this exact one began first at arduous and then impossible. I have been unable to find any information which is pertinent to the smith himself.  The school apparently was founded by Nagato Sa Yasuyoshi who was very famous, though there is some speculation as to how many generations existed. This sword I would think is probably Early Shinshinto or possibly even late Shinto. The overall sugata would suggest Shinshinto done in the Soshu style, yet the hada is nothing close to the muji hada one would expect. I did find one other on Aoi, if you care to compare them; http://www.aoi-art.com/sword/tanto/10429.html 

The hada is a gorgeous Itame with some mokume, lots of chikei, and scattered ji-nie.  The Hamon is notare in nioi-deki and contains sunagashi and inazuma.  The hakikake in the boshi is outstanding.  There are horimono bilaterally. The Omote is a Shin no Kurikara or ascending dragon, while the Ura has Goma hashi or chopsticks engraved. The nakago is ubu with sujikai yasurime. The habaki is a silver shonai style. The shirasaya is better than average having ivory hatome at the mekugi ana and Buffalo horn mekugi.

 

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