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Tanto: Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka the first generation


Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka (first generation).
Shinto: Chujyo saku ranking. Wazamono cutting test ranking. Echizen province.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka.belongs Jyo-Jyo saku ranking.

The blade was polished.
Habaki: Syakudo and gold iroe double habaki.
Blade length: 29.1 cm or 11.46 inches.
Sori: 0.2cm or 0.078inches.
Mekugi: 2
Width at the hamachi: 2.77 cm or 1.09 inches.

Kasane: 0.57 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Early Edo period.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick and longer Tanto.
On both sides of the blades, Bo-Hi and soehi are engraved.
Jigane: Koitame hada well grained nice texture.
Hamon: Niedeki suguha with rather thick nioikuchi .
In Hamon, Sunaagshi and Kinsuji work. Boshi is midarekomi round shape and turns back.
special feature: First generation Shigetaka made swords early Edo period at Echizen province.
The sword looks first generation Echizen Yasutsugu which is rahter blackish and hadatachi jigane probably he used Nanbantetsu.
After the Muromachi period, heavy war was finished and not necessary to make Tanto. So Almost all production of a Tanto disappears so it is rare to see the Tanto during Edo peaceful perid except late Edo period war time.
It means Tanto which was made during Edo period (except late Edo) is precious and good investment good.
Anyway this Tanto is healthy and good meat (nice Nikuoki) also good elegant signature.

Koshirae :
Saya: Black Ishimeji saya.
Tsuba: On the oval yanmagane plate, many family crests are engraved with gold color.
Menuki: Design of samurai is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: On the syakudo plate, resiting see bird and Japanese fish bout are engraved with gold color.
Kozuka: On the iron plate, resting bird around water plant and clouds in the distance.

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

Price : JPY 350,000-.