TANTO

YOROI DOSHI IN KOSHIRAE

SUGATA: HIRA ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 18.097cm (7.125")

OVERALL: 27.30cm (10.75")

MIHABA: 1.587cm (0.625")

KASANE: 0.793cm (0.3125")

SORI: SLIGHT UCHIZORI

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: MUJI/TIGHT KO-ITAME

HAMON: KO-MIDARE BASED ON SUGUHA

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HABAKI: TWO PIECE GOLD FOIL

TANTO

YOROI DOSHI IN KOSHIRAE

Offered here is a gorgeous Yoroidoshi Tanto in Koshirae.  The blade itself measures at 10.75" overall and the nagasa is slightly over 7 inches and is 5/8" wide. It has seen a few polishes in it's lifetime but is still incredibly thick measuring 5/16" or 0.793cm (0.3125") at the munemachi.  At it's widest point on the nakago it measures a full 3/8" or 0.95cm (0.375") thick.  The polish is excellent which makes study of this blade very enjoyable. The Hada could technically be called Muji as it is very refined and at a glance not easily discernable.  Closer inspection does reveal a tight Ko-Itame.  Within the jihada can be seen chikei and ji-nie. The Hamon is a crisp ko-nie with many activities such as nijuba, nie sake small areas of sunagashi and hakikake in the boshi. There is a long line of nie running from the boshi a couple of inches through the middle of the ji on the Ura side.  Looking at the hada one would want to attribute this blade as Shinshinto, however given that it has seen a few polishes as evidenced by it's narrowing from the nakago combined with the thick, dark chocolate patina seen on the nakago leads me to believe this blade is considerably older than shinshinto.  The nakago alone looks to be Koto, perhaps late Koto and yes perhaps early to mid Shinto as well.  As this sword has no attribution papers from any authoritative body such as the NBTHK, NTHK, etc., and in order to prevent disagreement, I will refrain from any definitive statements. Instead, I will leave it to you the buyer to look closely at the photos and formulate your own hypothesis. Regardless of which period you wish to consider it from, you will all agree that it is a sweet little piece.

The Koshirae is covered in a brocade material which appears to be over lacquered wood.  The Fuchi, Kojiri, Tsuba and Kurigata are all made from Buffalo Horn. The menuki are the screw in type with copper heads. The Habaki is a very nice two piece gold foiled type.

 

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