Ordering number : 13419
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Motte Ouko Hideaki Saku Fukushima Shi Zo. Showa 3 Nen Boshin Oki Hi(1928)
Explanation: The Tanto is made of Ouko(special iron) Hideaki. Showa 3rd year(1928) Boshin Autumn.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki :silver single habaki.
Blade length : 22.8 cm or 8.97 inches.
Sori : 0.0cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.11cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.57cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Showa 3rd.(1928)
Shape : The blade is healthy nice shape Tanto.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach nice clean texture.
Hamon :Konie deki suguha toght ly and round shape boshi bright and clear hamon.
Special Feature : The real name of Horii Toshihide was Kaneyoshi Horii, he was born in 1886 as the third son of Hirokichi Tokuda in Shiga pref.
Toshihide became a pupil of Horii Taneaki in 1904 and succeeded the Horii School as the Third. Toshihide used three names: Hideaki, Kaneaki and Toshihide.
In 1918, Toshihide went to Hokkaido at the invitation of Nihon-Seiko, a famous steelmaking company at Muroran City. He continued forging sword there.
Toshihide is thought as one of a representative swordsmith of the first half of Showa period, in the prewar Japan.
He passed away in 1943 during the Second World War.
Koshirae : Aikuchi Issaku Tanto.
Saya : Black roiro saya.
Menuki : A fan is engraved by copper.
Huchikashira, Kojiri,Kurikata: All matching copper plate with Kiku family crest is engraved.
From Aoi Art: Horii Toshihide is well known sword and changed his name several times.
First, he called Taneaki,and then changed his name to Hideaki and after that he changed his name to Horii Toshihide. The Tanto wass made as Cyumonuchi(custom order)
so the blade was made by special care and also nice Koshirae.
Back ground of sword made age:
1928, March 21st, Charles Lindbergh:Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974), an American aviator,
made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927.
Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him. But Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop.
He is standing before the airplane Spirit of St.Louis.
nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean in his monoplane,
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.