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Tanto : Bizen no suke Munetsugu Keio 3 nen 5 gatu hi

Ordering number : 12478

Tanto in black roar saya (NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature:Bizen no suke Munetsugu
Keio 3 nen 5 gatu hi 

The blade was polished.
Habaki : Solid silver single habaki.
Blade length : 22.7 cm or 8.93 inches.
Sori : 0.4 cm or 0.15 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.17 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.35 cm or 0.13 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : The blade is Moroha zukuri style with sori nice looking shape.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful texture.
Hamon : Niedeki dunome midair with ash deep nioikuchi and ash work.
Boshi is Togari and turns back to Munemachi.

Special feature : Koyama Munetsugu was born at Shirakawa Kyowa 3rd year and called So-Bei and became a wordsmith of the Shirakawa Matsudaira daimyo family.
After that ge moved to Edo and worked for Kuwana domein wordsmith.
He was well known sword maker in Edo period so he made a lot of swords during that days.
His reputation was very high because his skill is quite high and nothing rubbish sword left.
I have never seen worst one.
His subjects are overwhelmingly Gunome midair hamon and midarekomi boshi.
The sword are very similar with Cyounsai Tsunatoshi.
The differences of these swords are Tsunatoshi' s gunome midare devided 2 and round boshi but Munetsugu is not devised and boshi is midarekomi style.
If the round shaped boshi, you should doubt the signature.
Munetsugu of brother Koyama Munehira, Munetoshi are almost same hamon and jigane.
He had to stop business making swords, by Haitorei.(decree banning the wearing of swords)

Koshirae : black roar Koshirae.

NBTHK Hozon Paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Auction start price:JPY 450,000-.