Tanto: Soshu Ju Hiromasa
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon paper) (consignment sale)
Signature : Soshu Ju Hiromasa
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single Habaki
Blade length : 23.3 cm or 9.17 inches.
Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.32 cm or 0.913 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Later Muromachi period
Shape : Hiradukuri Mitsumune style blade with standard width and thickness. ‘Kenmaki Ryu’ (a dragon wind to the Ken) engraved on one side and Bonji on the other side. (Kenmaki Ryu means evilness has been defeated by Budda justice. Bonji engravement is difficult to read because of many polish have been done to the blade from its original condition.)
Jigane : Itame-hada well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Gonome mixed to Notare Hamon. Ashi and Yo work well. Boshi turns very deep.
Special feature : there were several generation for Hisomasa in Soshu but it is difficult to find out each blades were forged by which generation because the blade with singature remaning are very few. Most of them are Wakizashi or Tanto, and those are having Omidare or Notare Hamon like Hitatsura style.
We recommend this beautiful Soshuden Tanto.
Saya : Pile trees lacquered as Makie on black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba : Steep hillside with a lot of pine trees carved on Shakudo plate with gold color.
Menuki : Tigar carved on Shakudo plate with gold color.
Kozuka : Probably a boat with roof, is carved on Shakudo plate with gold color.
NBTHK Hozon paper
AOI Art estimation paper with Oshigata