Ordering number : 21165
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature: Bizen Suke Munetsugu
Meiji 4 nenn 6 gstsu hi
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 15.9 cm or 6.26 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi: 2.14cm or 0.84inches.
Kasane: 0.50cm or 0.20inches.
Era: Meiji 4(1871)
Shape: Width and thickness is normal. The Shape is pleasing.
Jitetsu: Well grained Koitame hada with Jinie attach compose splendid Jigane.
Hamon: Konie-deki Gunome midare.
Bo-shi gets distubed.
Special feature: First-generation Munetsugu was born in Mutsu Shirakawa province
as a son of Koyama Munehira. His name was Soubei.
He was working for the Matsudaira Daimyo family as a sword-making Samurai.
He moved to Kuwana province with his master and then he moved to Edo Tenpo 2.
At that time he was a well-known swordsmith and many Samurai asked him to make swords.
His sword is well known as clean-cutting.
Generally speaking, Munetsuga is one of the top swordsmiths in the late Edo period,
and there are not any faults among his swords.
Koshirae: Aikuchi Koshirae
Saya: Black Roiro Kizami Saya with gold lacquered paulownia.
Menuki: Paulownia in high relief. I don’t know if it is solid gold or gold-colored.
Kozuka: Black lacquered bamboo Kozuka with gold lacquered Paulownia
Kogatana : There is a signature”Sagami Kami Masatsugu”
Kogai: Black lacquered bamboo Kozuka with gold lacquered Paulownia.
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.