Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Settsu-ju Minamoto Muneyoshi
Kanbun 9 nen 8 Gatuhi (August1669)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :Single silver Habaki.
Blade length : ２８.７ cm or 11.3 inches.
Sori :０.２ cm or 0.08 inches.
Mekugi : ２
Width at the hamachi : 2.68 cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.42 cm or 0.17 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era (A.D.1661~1672)
Shape : Standard shape blade Bo-hi and Gomabashi(double Hi) engraved on both side with few Sori.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinori attached with Utsuri.
Hamon : Nioi-deki Suguha with deep and soft Nioi-kuchi.
Special feature: Settsu-ju Muneyoshi was a student of Hitachikami Muneshige.
This blade is finished well as Muneyosi’s work. Deep Nioikuchi with bright Hamon and clear Uturi.
Forging Tanto after Muromachi period is very rare because it became to be peaceful.
So the Tanto during Kanei to Tenmei are very hard to find.
Saya : Black colored Saya.
Kozuka : Turtle engraved on Shakudo-nanakoji plate with gold color.
Signature is mentioned as Goto Yasunori.
Menuki : Turtle engraved on Shakudo-nanakoji plate with gold color.
Kogatana : Signature mentioned as Higasiyama-ju Ooe BIhira.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.