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Q565. Mumei Tanto in Aikuchi Koshirae

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Q565.  Mumei tanto.

Nagasa:  10 1/4"  26 cm.

Sori:  .1 cm.

Moto haba:  2.7 cm.

Moth kasane:  .8 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  4 1/8"  10.4 cm.

Overall in koshirae:  19"  48.5 cm.

Hira zukuri, iore mune. The hada is itame with mokume. The hamon is gumome variations in a bright and consistent nioi guchi covered in ko-nie and with sunagashi and ashi. The boshi is a continuation of the hamon ending in a nicely swept o-maru and a medium long kaeri. With the exception of a few pin pricks the blade is flawless and excepting a few faint scratches it is in polish. It is mounted with a copper habaki.

The saya is textured black lacquer with a bit of distress (nothing serious); it has a sleeve for kotsuka and kogatana but they are missing. Kojiri, kurikata, fuchi and kashira are horn. The menuki are gilt copper of coiled dragons. The mounts are aikuchi (without tsuba) and the tsuka is meant to be unwrapped. Everything fits well.

No signature and no paper so just a guess: I think this dates to Shinshinto. The blade is thick and could be classed as yoroi-doshi (armor piercing); it also is healthy. Nice for the price. 14 ounces.  $1,150.

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