K18. Tanto by Bizen Kuni Osafune Sukesada. Hozon
K18. Tanto signed Bizen no Kuni Osafune Sukesada, dated Eiroku Ju Nen Hachi Gatsu Hi (a day in the 8th month of 1567), and papered Hozon by the NBTHK 2001.
Nagasa: 11 1/16″ 28 cm.
Sori: .25 cm.
Moto haba: 2.7 cm.
Moto kasane: .6 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 4 1/8″ 10.3 cm.
Overall in shira-saya: 17 5/8″ 44.8 cm.
Itame mokume hada with faint utsuri: flawless. The hamon is suguba with shallow variations, a bright nioi-guchi covered in ko-nie. There are isolated hardened areas above the hamon. The boshi is suguba with a sharp turn and a long kaeri. The blade is in polish with a few insignificant scratches. This is mounted with a solid silver habaki and good quality shira-saya in rxcellent condition. I don’t know which Sukesada made this (the paper doesn’t specify) but it is well made. 15 ounces. $1,750.