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Tanto:Rai Kunitoshi(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)

Ordering number:AS24230

Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)

Signature: Rai Kunitoshi
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Koto: Ōwazamono: Yamashiro: Saijyo Saku
We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.
This work ranks as Jyo Saku for Rai Kunitoshi.
Polished.
Habaki: Double-layered gold-plated.
Blade Length: 26.4 cm (10.39 in).
Curvature: 0.0 cm (0.0 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base: 2.63 cm (1.04 in).
Thickness: 0.57 cm (0.22 in).
Sword Weight: 185 grams.
Era: Kamakura period, Shōan 1299 (725 years ago).
Shape: This piece has a wide mihaba and mitsu-mune, with bohi carved on both sides, and is free of flaws.
Jigane: The itame hada mixed with ko-mokume shows utsuri.
Hamon: The hamon is made of nie, with a suguha notare pattern. The boshi is notare, turning back in a small round shape.

Features: Rai Kunitoshi, also known as Rai Magotarō, is said to have used the name Minamoto. He is considered the father of the two-character Kunitoshi, and it is thought that he initially signed as Kunitoshi, later as Rai Kunitoshi. Kunitoshi is a highly esteemed swordsmith rated as Saijyo Saku.

Koshirae:
Fuchikashira: Iron fittings with sakura blossom decorations.
Saya: A scabbard resembling the bark of a pine tree.
Menuki: Plum and chrysanthemum flowers carved in solid gold.
Kozuka: An iron ground with a design of birds in flight, decorated in gold and silver inlay.

Aoi Art’s Comment: This slightly longer and thicker work by Rai Kunitoshi comes with the NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate. The koshirae features a sakura blossom motif, with menuki likely made of solid gold. The saya is also of excellent craftsmanship, making it a highly recommended piece.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token.
Koshirae: NBTHK Hozon Tosogu
Aoi Art estimation paper.
Whole Oshigata.

Auction Starting Price:4,500,000 JPY-.

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