(日本刀ギャラリ) Nihontō Gallery
Shinshintō Tantō (新々刀短刀)
Nagasa (長さ): 15.5 cm
Sugata (姿): (hira-zukuri 平造)
Jihada (地肌): (itame 小板目)
Hamon (波紋): (midareba 乱れ刃)
Mei (銘): Omote: (Sashu Mikawa Tenseido 薩州三河天生土)
Ura: (Meiji-ni mi ni-tsuki hi 明治二巳二月日)
A shinshintō tantō polished in a sashikomei style. The undulating (midareba 乱れ刃) pattern of the temperline (hamon 波紋) is very clear and bright. The temper pattern of the tip (boshi 帽子) shows a great turn back (ō-maru 大丸). The hamon consists of fine particles (nioi 匂). The actively literally meaning 'potato vine' (imozuru 芋蔓) is in and around the hamon and appear as dark horizontal lines. This is a characteristic feature is seen in Shintō and Shinshintō works by Satsuma Province swordsmiths. These type of short tantō were favored by the wives of samurai during the Edo Period.
The fine blade collar (habakiはばき) is made of a single piece of silver foil with a applied texture over a copper base. It is stored in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya 白鞘). Unsure how the signature is read, and swordsmith who ever he was to the best of my knowledge was never recorded. One possible reading of the signature is (Sashu Mikawa Tenseido 薩州三河天生土). The tantō is dated on the reverse side of the nakago: year of the snake, the second year of the Meiji (1869 CE), a day in the second month. The patina on the nakago is consistent with tantō age.
Provenance: Tony Smith Collection