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Q472. Mumei Tanto with Koshirae

$1,450 + Shipping & Insurance

Q472.  Mumei tanto.

Nagasa:  9 1/2"  24.1 cm.

Sori:  3 mm.

Moto haba:  3.2 cm.

Moto kasane:  .6 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  3 15/16"  10 cm.

Overall in shirasaya:  16 1/16"  40.8 cm.

Hira zukuri, iore mune, ubu 2 holes.  There is a koshi-bi on the omote and gomabashi-hi on the ura.  The hada is ko-itame or nashiji.  The hamon, nioi guchi with the finest of ko-nie, is a gentle notare with a few peaks of harder steel riding on top, some of which float above the hamon as isolated tempered areas: yo.  The boshi is o-maru with a long kaeri that becomes mune-yaki.  The blade is mounted in shirasaya with a solid silver habaki.  It is in polish except for a scuff under the habaki on the omote.  There are a couple incredibly shallow nicks in the kissaki; I can't see them but I can catch them with my fingernail.  This tanto is wide and stout and, other than for 1 tiny pit on the edge of the mune above the habaki on the omote, flawless.

The koshirae, mounted with a wood tsunagi, is complete and in excellent condition: black lacquered saya with a silver koi-guchi and horn kojiri & kurigata with sageo.  The tsuba is signed and of iron with hot stamps.  The fuchi is shakudo with carved fretwork and fine silver, I think, inlay of x's; the kashira is horn.  The menuki are round, shakudo nanako with gold mon.  Same' and tsuka-ito are perfectly intact.

I believe this tanto dates from Shinshinto: a nice set with lots to appreciate and it won't break the bank.  1 pound, 11 ounces.  $1,450.

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