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SOSHU JU KUNISHIGE TANTO and EDO KOSHIRAE

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SOSHU JU KUNISHIGE TANTO and EDO KOSHIRAE. ( Second Generation Kunishige)

Era : Nanbokucho , (Enbun 1356 - 1361) This Tanto is well over 600 years old.
Type: Sunobi Tanto
Nagasa : 29cm
Hamon: Dense Ko - Itame, Hitatsura all over with fine Kinsuji and Sunagashi.
Motohaba: 2.5cm
Mekugi Ana - Two
Nakago : Ubu
Sori :0.4 cm
Condition : Tanto is in outstanding healthy condition without any flaws and presents as perfect.
Length of Koshirae : 52.5 cm

NBTHK Hozon and Tokubetsu Kicho Certification for Tanto and Koshirae.

Setsumei: (explanation )

Honma sensei adding that the workmanship of the first two is hard to distinguish and basically has to be tackled via the quality factor.
Generations, the 1st being active around Kenmu (建武, 1334-1338), the 2nd around around Enbun (延文, 1356-1361) and the 3rd generation, Rokurôzaemon (六郎左衛門), around Ôei (応永, 1394-1428). The Nihontô Koza also introduces three generations Kunishige.

This Tanto is unique and represent’s the best work of KUNISHIGE, the Hitatsura Hamon which covers the entire surface is outstanding and gives the complete Blade a wild feeling and is unique. It comes with also an outstanding Edo Koshirae complete with all of it’s original and matched fittings ( Issaku Kanagu ). It comes out of an old Japanese collection and this is the first time it has been offered outside of Japan

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A SUPERB WAKIZASHI WITH SUKASHIBORI HORIMONO by DEWA NO DAIJO FUJIWARA KUNIMICHI

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Setsumei: (explanation )

Kunimichi was a student of HOROKAWA KUNIHIRO and was recognised as an outstanding smith the most clever and skilled in the Horikawa Mon.
Kunimichi enjoyed a long life and extant date signatures range from the 13th year of Keicho 1608 to the 3rd year Meireki 1657. His typical Hamon is the same as Kunihiro his teacher, however his range of work is much broader with Kunimichi the wildness of the Hamon is very intense, therefore there is a great deal more nie and nioi than Kunihiro, and these are works with a feeling of exuberance. This Wakizashi shows his best work in the Hamon and is spectacular . In addition the Sukashibori Horimono is spectacular and has been carved on both sides and goes from one side through to the other with virtually identical work on both sides and fine detail. Normally because Swords have been polished over the years the Horimono sharpness would diminish and on very old Swords the Horimono is polished to the extent that most of it has disappeared due to repetitive polishing of the Sword. However on this Wakizashi the Horimono is 100% perfect as is the rest of the Sword in extremely healthy state. The polish is also supreme and this Wakizashi is a masterpiece by Kunimichi. Held in the hand and observed the Wakizashi excels in beauty and supreme craftsmanship.

Wakizashi signed : Dewa No Daijo Fujiwara Kunimichi

Era: Edo Shinto
Nakago: Ubu ( Untouched original ) Maru Mune, Yasurime is o-sujigai. The finish is excellently executed.
Mei: The large and deep tagane atari are rich in ambition.
Nagasa : ( Blade length ) 45.6 cm
Meguki Ana : One Hole
Width at Hamachi : 3.2 cm
Width at Kissaki : 2.2 cm
Sori : 1.25 cm
Kasane : 0.6 cm
Hamon : Nie - Deki Notare with Gunome / on this Wakizashi he created a wild and intense spectacular Hamon. Out of the many Kunimichi that I have seen in Japan this is one of his supreme works.
Jitetsu: Koitame Hada well grained with Mokume- Hada mixed with Jinie attached.

Certification: NBTHK Hozon Certification stating its Authenticity

Shirasaya Sayagaki by Tanobe Michiro ( Former managing Director, Nippon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai, The japanese Sword Museum Tokyo.)

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Tanto signed NAGAYOSHI HEIANJO

Tanto signed NAGAYOSHI HEIANJO

Yamashiro Eisho era about 1510年前 Edge length: 23.6㎝ Curvature:Minimal

Thickness:5.3mm
Engraving: Front[Suken inkoku] Back[Sen shu raku]
Back of the edge called Mune [Bohi]

Shirasaya:Sayagaki by Dr.Kanzan Sato

Gold foil single Habaki

Koshirae : Black Aikuchi Koshirae with Black Same Tsuka

Fittings : Mumei Mukade Menuki ( Centipede ) and Mumei Mukade Kozuka from late Muromachi Period. Koshirae is in exceptional condition.

Registered in 1951 in Tokyo

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Nagayoshi was a sword smith who was good at engraving works like Suken, Bonji, Japanese-characters etc. His home was Yamashiro province. It was said that there were some Nagayoshi generations from Ouei-era to Eisho-era. This Tanto is attributed to the fifth generation Nagayoshi. He forged a lot of pieces in Yamato province, Mikawa province and Ise province. You may know that the famous Sword Smith Muramasa in Ise province was trained under 5th generation Nagayoshi. This Tanto shape is really elegant and balanced well with 「千秋楽」Senshuraku engraving. And I have never seen the engraving ( groove ) on the back of edge ( Mune ). I am not sure why Nagayoshi did it on the Mune, but it might be the blood flowing channel, this is extremely rare. HEIANJO NAGAYOSHI 5th Generation Tanto are extremely rare. This Tanto has been preserved in perfect condition as is the Koshirae.

I can feel the threatening atmosphere in this engraving. It was a Tanto which had a purpose to protect the owner. The Suken on the front-side is a perfect Yamashiro style Suken. You can find the top of Suken wider and it was positioned along the Mune-side. These are specific points of Yamashiro engraving. It has a Japanese calligraphy note by Kanzan Sato “It was forged by Heianjo Nagayoshi but it is the Nijimei Nagayoshi signed piece”.

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Koshirae: Black Aikuchi Koshirae with Black Same Tsuka

Fittings: Mumei Mukade Menuki ( Centipede ) and Mumei Mukade Kozuka from late Muromachi Period. Koshirae is in exceptional condition.

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HEIANJO NAGAYOSHI Shirasaya explanation.

へいあんじょうながよし 2じざいめいなり ながさ 7すん8ぶあり しょうわ38ねんしょとう
(にじ) (ななすん)(はちぶ) かんざんしるす かおう
ぎんむぎあいくちこしらえ
Heianjo-Nagayoshi 2-Ji-Zaimei-Nari Nagasa- 7-Sun-8-Buari Syowa-38-Nen Syotou
(Ni-Ji) (Nana-Sun)(Hachi-Bu) Kanzan-Shirusu Kaou
Aikuchi-Koshirae
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