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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


Price:  $1,350 + Shipping

Rai Munemitsu Tantō (来宗光短刀)

Nagasa (長さ):  25.4 cm

Sugata (姿):  (hira-zukuri 平造)

Jihada (地肌):  (itame 小板目)

Hamon (波紋):  (ko-midare 小乱れ)

Mei (銘):  (mumei 無銘)

This is a flat shaped (hira-zukuri 平造) dagger (tantō短刀).  It dates  from the Kotō (古刀) old sword era.  The forging texture (ji-hada 地肌) of this tantō is a woodgrain (itame 小板目) mixed with a running (masame 柾目) in a few places especially on one side.  The tempered edge (hamon 波紋) of the tantō is made up of steel with very fine crystal structure (nioi-deki 匂出来).  The tantō has a small irregular (ko-midare 小乱れ) pattern to the hamon.  The tip of the sword had been damaged due to combat.  The damage has been repaired from the tip end (satsuma-age 薩摩上げ) giving the tip (kissaki 切っ先) and the temper line in the tip (boshi 帽子) its current shape.  The tang (nakago 中子) is unsigned (mumei 無銘) and has been shorten (suriage 磨上) with two holes (mekugi-ana 目釘穴).
A written appraisal was issued by the Bijutsu Nihotōn Hozon Shinsa Kai (美術⽇本⼑保存審査會) established by Honami Tsunemasa in Okayama Prefecture on June 7, 1985.  It was issued to the previous owner Mr. Achiwa Mitsuyoshi (阿知波三善).  The result of the shinsa has judge this sword as authentic and given the rank of  especially precious (tokubetsu-kichō特別貴重).  The attribution of the unsigned tantō is to (Echizen Sahyōe no Jō Rai Munemitsu 越前左兵衛尉来宗光) from Yamato (大和) Province who worked during the Ōei (応永) Era (1394-1428 CE). (1,2)

References:

1.    Paid translation from Markus Sesko of BNHSK paper.
2.    The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords by Kokan Nagayama, Kodansha International Copyrighted 1997, pages 66, 138-140.

Provenance:  Charles Foos Collection

Price: Sold

Uda Kunimune Tantō (宇多国宗短刀)


Nagasa (長さ): 24.1 cm.
Sugata (姿):  Hira-zukuri (平造)
Jihada (地肌): Itame (板目) mixed with Masame (柾目)  
Hamon (波紋): Ko-Suguha (小直刃)

Mei (銘):  (mumei無銘)

A dagger (tantō 短刀) it has a flat geometry (hira-zukuri 平造) common for tantō and other short Japanese blades.  The basic pattern of the temper line (hamon 波紋) is that of a narrow straight line (ko-suguha 小直刃). It is done in a very fine crystal structure (nioi-deki 匂出来).  The overall color of the steel (jigane 地鉄) is dark and blackish characteristic of the steel produced by the early northern tradition of Japanese sword making of the Yamato tradition (Yamato-den 大和伝).  The tantō has a blade collar (habaki はばき) made of a fine gold foil over a copper base.  The forging pattern (ji-hada 地肌) is that of random wood grain pattern (itame 板目) mixed with a running wood grain pattern (masame 柾目). There are also many examples of (ji-nie 地沸) above the hamon. The boshi is described as straight (sugu 直) with a small turnback (ko-maru 小丸) with crooked brilliant black lines of nie (nazuma 稲妻).
It has a written appraisal by the NTHK attributing the tantō to be the work of Kunimune (国宗) of the Uda (宇多) School in Etchū Province (越中國).  The tantō is unsigned (mumei 無銘) and the tang (nakago 中心) was shorten a few centimeters. The NTHK date the tantō production to the (Tenbun 天⽂) era of the late Muromachi Period (室町時代後期) circa 1532-1555 CE.1,2 Based upon the workmanship and dating the maker of this tantō was likely the 4th generation Kunimune found in Japanese Swordsmith Revised by W. M. Hawley ID# KUN655.  The swordsmiths have a point score rating of 20.3 The Toko Taikan by Tokuno rating of this swordsmith is 3.5 million yen.     

References:

1.  Paid translation from Markus Sesko of the NTHK paper.
2. The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords by Kokan Nagayama, Kodansha International Copyrighted 1997, page 101.
3. Japanese Swordsmith Revised by W. M. Hawley Copyrighted 1981, page 320.

 

Provenance:  Charles Foos Collection

Price: Sold