Tanto: Minamoto Moriyoshi (Mukansa Swordsmith) Heisei 2 Nen 3 Gatsu Hi (March 1990)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number:AS23478

Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature: Minamoto Moriyoshi (Mukansa Swordsmith)
Heisei 2 Nen 3 Gatsu Hi (March 1990)
源盛吉(無監査)
平成二年三月日

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku.
This piece is ranked as Jyojyo Saku for a work by Moriyoshi.
Polished.
Habaki: Double gold-plated.
Blade Length: 27.5 cm (10.83 in).
Curvature: 0.1 cm (0.04 in).
Mekugi Hole: 1.
Width at Base (Motohaba): 2.78 cm (1.09 in).
Thickness of rim (Kasane): 0.61 cm (0.24 in).
Sword Weight: 235 grams.
Era: Modern, March 1990.
Shape: Wide body and thick kasane with remaining sharp edge, robust shape.
Jigane: Fine Ko-Itame Hada, beautifully tight grain pattern.
The blade has abundant Jinie, Sunagashi, and Kinsuji, featuring spectacular Kinsuji.
Hamon: Nie-deki Gunome Midare with the tip sharply pointed.
This is a left-handed shape piece.

Features: This is Moriyoshi’s highest quality work, transferring the style of Kiyomaro.

Aoi Art’s Comment: A masterpiece of Kiyomaro style, with active Jinie, Sunagashi, and Kinsuji, even surpassing Kiyomro’s works. Moriyoshi’s Tanto productions are extremely rare, highly recommended.
An “Mukansa Swordsmith” refers to a swordsmith who has won multiple awards at Japanese sword evaluations, especially the Masamune Prize, which grants unsupervised status. Failure to win this prize means one cannot become unsupervised, requiring strict evaluation. Naturally, becoming unsupervised increases both demand and price, as it highlights the smith’s significant skill and artistic sense. Moriyoshi is a Kyushu-based swordsmith known for producing sturdy and excellent pieces.

Koshirae:
Saya (Scabbard): Black Roiro color.
Menuki: Circular Kirimon in Shakudo Nanako-ji with gold inlays.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
AoiArt estimation paper
Whole Oshigata

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