~ Circa 1750 Japanese Tanto Dagger And Its Utility Knife ~
The blade is made in the 'Hira-Zukuri' style and the mune (blade back) is shaped in the 'Ihori' style.
The hamon finish is Sugu (straight).
The grain is Itame (wood grain).
The menuki are black lacquered.
The grip of the tanto is made from rayskin covered in a woven green silk.
The kashira (pommel) is made of copper and decorated with a samurai with gold highlights.
The fuchi (sleeve) is also made of cooper and is embellished with a running mythological animal, also with gold finish.
The tanto comes with two brass seppa (spacer), one attached on each side of the tsuba (guard).
The habaki (ferrule/blade’s locket) is made of red lacquered copper, decorated with reeds
The utility knife comes with a cooper grip, decorated with a Japanese dragon. Its blade is signed, bought out in red.
The wooden saya (scabbard) is lacquered black having a pattern similar to the blade’s grain. The black scabbard glitters blue and green with fish scales in the lacquer.
The Tanto’s saya (scabbard) is longer than the blade
It comes with one shitodome (suspension ring) and a brown sageo (cord).
The kojiri (chape/end-cap) and koiguchi (scabbard mount/locket) are made of blackened steel.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade has a length of 9.5 inches (24.2 cm), the sword has an overall length of 15 inches (38.1 cm) and with scabbard has an overall length of 21 inches (53.3 cm). It weighs 505 g.
~ Condition ~
The blade remains extremely clean.
The grip is still fine but the green woven material is lightly worn nearby menuki.
There are some minor traces of oxide on the cooper fittings.
The lacquer on the scabbard has several small areas of loss, most noticeable on the tip and around the utility knife area.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.