~ Circa 1450 Japanese Ten Tanto Muromachi Nanboku-cho Era ~
The tang of the dagger is signed and dates to the Emperor Go-Hanazono Era (1428-1464).
It is a beautifully decorated piece with a nicely aged puched hole Yari blade.
The steel habaki (ferule) is decorated with oblique lines and dots creating a ‘falling stars’ pattern.
The two seppa (spacers) are made of iron.
Its tsuba (guard) is made of blued iron shaped as a lily flower.
The mekugi’s hole (peg) is decorated with two brass flower shaped fittings.
The tsuka (grip) is made of black lacquered bamboo and decorated on one side with a gold fly in relief with mother of pearl wings and on the other side with a snail in relief.
The foliate steel decorated fuchi (sleeve) has a mathimh kashira pommel.
The kashira is decorated with a heart shaped suspension ring.
The scabbard is decorated with similar kojiri (end cap) and koiguchi (scabbard mouth) as the grip.
The scabbard is decorated with a black lacquered beetle climbing on gold inlay grass.
The nakago (tang) is made in the kengyo style with gayaku-taka-no-ha yasurime (tang marks).
~ Condition ~
The ken tanto is in very good condition considering its age.
The blade darkened but is free of nicks or any other damage. No hamon is visible.
The mekugi (peg) is missing.
One of the mother of pearl wings of the fly is missing.
An exceptional early piece.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 6.3 inches (16 cm) and the overall length of the dagger is 10.5 inches (26.5 cm).
The length of the dagger and scabbard is 11.2 inches (28.5 cm).
It weighs 300 grams.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.