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Tanto : Bishu Osafune Morikage


Tanto in Shirasaya

Signature : Bishu Osafune Morikage
Ouan 2 nen 10 gatsu hi (October 1369)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
ThisBishu Osafune Morikage belongs to Jyosaku ranking.

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 28.0 cm or 11.02 inches.
Sori : 0.3 cm or 0.11 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.53 cm or 0.99 inches.
Kasane : 0.42 cm or 0.16 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period 1368-1374
Shape : There is Bo-Hi engraved. It is long tanto with one mekugi hole. It is almost Ubu(not cut shorten) tang.
Jitetsu :Komokume hada well grained with jinie attached. There is some O hada appearing in the ha.
Hamon : Nie deki suguha with notare mixed.Boshi is sharp end turnback.

Special feature : The origin of Bizen Omiya school is said to ne Kunimori who moved to BIzen
from Yamashiro Inokuma Omiya.
The long signature Bishu Osafune MOrikage is representing sword smith of this school. Recently,
a new theory that Chikakage and Yoshikage school is close school to Morikage due to the Sakasa Tagane
and the similarities of both signs.
HIs works is mainly Notare hamon with combination of hoji
and Gunome midare and gorgeous midareba. On the other hand,
there are many Aoe school like suguha hamon works as well.
This tanto is close to Notare hamon with much utsuri appearing.
Preserved for long period of time, the sword has some minor kizu or flaws
but it is healthy work with surprisingly beautiful signature.
It is rare work.

(We guarantee this katana will pass NBTHK Hozon Shinsa.
We will submit to NBTHK Shinsa if requested.)
Aoi Art estimatin paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 800,000 JPY-