Q528. Kanmuri Otoshi Tanto in Pristine Mounts
Q528. Mumei yoroi doshi tanto in koshirae.
Nagasa: 7 5/16″ 18.6 cm.
Motohaba: 2.2 cm
Moto kasane: .8 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 3 3/16″ 8 cm.
Overall in koshirae: 12 3/8″ 31/3 cm.
Kanmuri otoshi zukuri, iore mune, ubu, one hole. The hada is ko itame in ji nie. The hamon is suguba worked in gunome notare with either a very bright bo utsuri or nijuba, nioi guchi covered in ko-nie. The boshi is ko-maru with a medium long kaeri. The blade is in polish and, with the exception of a couple miniscule pin pricks, it is flawless. My pictures don’t do justice.
The blade is mounted with a gold wash on copper habaki. The saya is ribbed black lacquer with horn kojiri, kurikata, and koi guchi: not a mark on it. The tsuka is wrapped in same’ without tsuka-ito and menuki; the fuchi, kashira, and mekugi are horn. There is a pocket in the saya for kotsuka and kogatana, which are missing (I have many kotsuka available and I can get a kogatana).
Yoroi doshi (armor piercing) tanto often date to late Koto (16th century) but Shinshinto is a possibility also. Whatever it is, it is fine and you won’t be disappointed. 12 ounces. $1,800.