~ Mid 17th Century Edo Shinto Period Signed Japanese Tanto ~
The kadzuka (small knife) and the blade are signed.
The blade was re-polished recently. It is made in the ‘hira-zukuri’ pattern. Its mune (blade back) is shaped in the 'Ihori' style and its kissaki (point) is long.
The hamon is not visible and the hada (grain) is ayasugi (undulating grain).
The tanto’s fittings are made of gilded copper with traditional engravings, except the habaki (blade locket/ferrule) which is made of gilt copper and is not decorated.
The tsuka (grip) is made of bamboo covered with black rayskin and a brown woven silk binding. The menuki (ornaments) are shaped as Buddha.
The tsuba (guard) is made of iron and is decorated with a grain pattern. Both speppa (spacers) are made of brass.
The fushi (sleeve) is decorated with the embossed representation of birds and vegetation.
The saya (scabbard) is made of black painted bamboo, fitted with one obitori.
The kozuka (small knife) is marked as well and its cooper grip is decorated with a representation of a hunting scene.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 8.7 inches (22 cm) and the overall length of the tanto is 13.6 inches (34.5 cm). The overall length if the tanto and scabbard is 17.8 inches (45 cm).
The kozuka’s blade is 4.2 inches (11 cm) long and its overall length is 8.2 inches (21cm).
~ Condition ~
The blade is in fair condition with no traces of rust but with a couple of nicks.
The koiri is a bit loose due to woven’s aging process.
The binding is a bit grubby from handling as expected for its age.
The habaki (blade locket/ferule) has lost almost all of its gilt.
The scabbard has some amount of surface scratching and a crack at the top of the kozuka’s holster.
The blade of the kozuka small knife darkened and developed some superficial rust. Its grip has minor spots of green oxide.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.