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Tanto : Hasebe Kuninobu (21st NBTHK Juyo Paper)


Tanto in Shirasaya, with Koshirae.(21st NBTHK Juyo Paper)

Signature : Hasebe Kuninobu

Sayagaki: 21th NBTHK Juyo blade Hasebe Kuninobu.
blade length about 27cm. by Mr. Tanobe at November 2011.
Ubu-Nakago, there are 5 kanji signature. Nice Notare-Ha, long Mineyaki and Yubashiri, Tobiyaki, Hitatsura. Boshi large around shape. This blade is representative masterpiece of his blade. This engraving is also precious.

The blade was polished.
Habaki: Solid Gold Double Foiled Habaki
Blade length : 27.2cm or 10.70 inches.
Sori : 0.3cm or 0.11 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.7cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.51cm or 0.20 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period.
Shape : It is wide and thick, mitsumune style sunnobi tanto with some sori.
Jitetsu :Itame hada with masame hada around the katana and mune.
Hamon : Ko notare gunome midare with sunagashi with Nie.
It is hitatsura style with much tobiyaki.
Nakago: Ubu, Kurijiri. There is some yasurime. Nakago is rather short.

Special feature : Hasebe Kuninobu was successful in Yamashiro province Kyoto
at Nanbokucho peirod and this katana is qualified as one of 21st Juyo Token Piece.
Hasebe school flourished at Nanbokucho peirod.Hasebe
Kuninobu was a younger brother of the Hasebe Kunishige who was a one of the Hasebe 10tetsu.
They made Tanto mainly and few Katana were made during these days.
This blade is wide and nice Sun-Nobi Tanto style. This blade is typical of Nanbokucho period.
This blade has rare engraving. And also this Nakago is in good condition. The signature is clear.
Please see the Kanto Hibisho(written by Dr. Kunzan) . There are Oshigata and commentary of this blade.

Koshirae :
Tsuba :On the oval shape syakudo plate, leaves are engraved.
Fuchikashira :On the syakudo nanako plate, a dragon is engraved.
Kurikata:On the syakudo nanako plate, a dragon is engraved.
Saya : Black roiro saya.
Menuki : a shish dog is engraved by syakudo plate.
Kozuka:On the syakudo nanako plate, a dragon is engraved.
Kozuka:On the syakudo nanako plate, a dragon is engraved.
Kogatana: Jumyo.

21st NBTHK Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 4,200,000 JPY

-Masterpiece, Tanto