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K19. Sunnobi Tanto: Bishu Osafune Yukikage with 2 Papers

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K19.  Sunnobi tanto signed Bishu Osafune Yukikage.

Nagasa:  12 1/2"  31.8 cm.

Sori:  .5 mm.

Moto haba:  2.6 cm.

Moto kasane:  .55 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  3 15/16"  10 cm.

Overall in shira-saya:  10 7/8"  50.5 cm.

Overall of koshirae:  18"  45.4 cm.

Hozon paper from the NBTHK dated 2013.  Itame with mokume hada, bo utsuri on both sides.  The hamon is a bright nioi guchi in suguba of gumome-choji covered in the finest of ko-nie.  The boshi is a continuation of the hamon ending with a swept ko-maru on the ura and a pointed boshi on the omote.  The kaeri is short.  There is some coarse grain near the bo hi on either side and a small pit in the kissaki.  The blade is in polish and mounted with a silver foil habaki and well made shira-saya.

The koshirae also is papered: Hozon dated 2013.  A former owner has included a copy of the paper with translation written in.  "Vermillion ishime ground with kamon lacquered aikuchi tanto koshirae.  Tsuka: sendan-maki brown lacquered.  Wari-kogai: sakura & grass.  Kotsuka: (this has been swapped for the present kotsuka).  Kanagu: waves & ama-ryu, unsigned."  I believe the tsuka ito to be baleen, from a whale.  The mekigi is a 2 piece silver and shakudo threaded unit.  The fuchi and koi guchi are inlaid with gold (stylized dragon).  The kashira and kojiri are unusual in that they are 2 designs each, half & half.  One side is waves in silver and the other is gold dragons again.  The lacquer of the saya is chipping at the edges (mune & ha), especially at the bottom.  This koshirae is very likely Higo in origin.

2 pounds.  $2,950.

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