S114. Tanto in Koshirae
S114. Mumei tanto in koshirae.
Nagasa: 11″ 27.9 cm.
Sori: .4 cm.
Moto haba: 2.7 cm.
Moto kasane: .65 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 9.2 cm.
Overall length in mounts: 22″ 56.5 cm.
Hira zukuri, iori mune, gomabashi hi on either side, Ko-itame hada. The hamon is a variation on choji with some suguba valleys between choji and some squid head choji, bright nioi guchi swept with fine ko-nie. The boshi is ko-maru slightly swept. There is one area of coarse grain under the habaki on the ura. The blade is in polish and there are no other flaws to tell you about.
The saya is covered in rattan strips; a few small pieces are lost at the kojiri. The koi guchi, kurikata, and kaeri zumi are horn. The horn piece at the mouth of the kogatana pocket is missing and the outer wood of the pocket is split a bit here (this can be repaired). The tsuka is a dense tropical wood (Kingwood, Jewel Tree, something like that). The mekugi is a threaded 2 piece bolt in shakudo. The fuchi/kashira are iron with gold inlay. The menuki appear to be gold: squid and fish. The tsuba is Kagamishi (mirror maker) of shakudo with deer and birds in a forest and with fine nanako. The kogatana is signed. The kotsuka is shakudo nanako with a gold fish, unsigned, and gold on the sides and back. Conditions of all kodogu are excellent.
This tanto comes with a silk (or faux silk; I don’t know), lined bag in flawless condition.
I think that covers everything but ask questions if I’ve forgotten anything. A very nice piece, if I say so myself. Tanto were old men’s weapons. You’re not getting any younger; you should buy this. 1 pound, 7 ounces. $1,000.