Ordering number : 18386
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon for sword, Hozon for Koshirae)
Signature : Kenryushi Sadaharu Kitae Kore / Kinpoujo Yaki Koto
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Silver single Habaki
Blade length : 23.2 cm or 9.13 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.54 cm or 1.00 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Era : Late Edo period to early Meiji period.
Shape : Wide and thick, Mitsu-mune, “Asahi Niou(glitter in the morning sun )” and the wild cherry blossom are engraved. this engravings means the wild cherry blossom shining in the morning sun. this is the line from the famous poem by Motoori Norinaga.
Jigane : Koitamehada mixed with Mokumehada, Jinie attached, fine Chikei working.
Hamon : Niedeki, Suguha, deep Nioikuchi, Boshi is maru.
Special Feature : Sadaharu ,the student of Gassan Sadayoshi, made swords on behalf of his teacher.
This sword is made from a Koto sword, the Jigane is really interesting that make you curious what kind of sword it was.
From Aoi Art : Sadaharu was the apprentice of Gassan Sadayoshi.
He made swords for his teacher mainly so that there’s only a small number of swords with his signature.
Judging from the description on Uramei, this sword is made from the sword burnt in Kinpojo castle, Im not sure which castle it was though.
The Jigane is grained really very well and the engraving on the sword is rare.
The fittings of the Koshirae are all flowers, very beautiful.
Historical Background : At Meiji 4, The Sword Abolishment Edict was issued by the government.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper for sword
NBTHK Hozon paper for Koshirae
Aoi Art estimation paper