Ordering number: 151029
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature: Rai Kunimitsu
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to yo Jyo saku Jyo Saku Regular saku J ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold failed J single habaki.
Blade length : 25.60 cm or 10.1 inches.
Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 2.41 cm or 0.94 inches.
Kasane : 0.55 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Later Kamakura period.
Shape : The Tanto is rather wide and tich mitumune style
Uchizori nice looking shape. On the moot side,
engraved big Hi and engraved Ken
and soehi by ukibori style and also bonji.
Ukibori means rise up the
Ken soehi and Bonji.
Jigane :Koitame hada and komokume hada mixed
with utsuri appear beautiful texture.
Hamon :Nie deck suguha with rather thick nioikuchi
and worked sunagashi and kinsuji.
Especially on the Ura side, very active Kinsuji work
and also boshi area.Bo-shi is round shape with Kinsuji.
Special feature: It is said that Rai Kunimitsu was a son
of Rai Kunitoshi in Yamashiro province.
Kunimitsu’s dated swords from 1326 to 1351 still survive.
He was very skillful swordmsith who had a wide range of styles
among the swordsmiths of Rai School.
This Tanto is a superb one of Rai Kunimitsu
that shows an impressive texture of jitetsu on its strong appearance.
Attractive temperline of the reverse side is excellently done.
It is slightly influenced by Soshu style.
Generally the Rai School shows more imposing shape than Awataguchi or Sanjo in Kyoto.
Five fine tantos of Rai Kunimitsu were mentioned in Kyoho-Meibutsucho,
a commentary of celebrated swords written and edited by the Hon-ami family and
submitted to the Tokugawa shogunate. It indicates that Kunimitsu had already the
reputation of excellent swordsmith at that time.
Tsuba : Silver grass engraved on Mokkoshape Shakudo Tsuba with gold color.
Fuchikashira : Flower engraved on Shakudo plate with gold color.
Saya : Lacquered Kairagi-Samekawa Saya.
Menuki : Person with baskets engraved on one side,
fighting bee and spider on the other side.
Kozuka : Mouse, trap and a person laughing are engraved
on Shakudo Nanakoji plate. Very unique design.
Kogatana : The signature is mentioned as ‘Soushu-Ju Yoshihiro’.
From Aoi Art : The engraving is very unique Ken, bonji and soehi are engraved Uki style which is rise up the engraved in the big wide Hi.
On the urea side, in Hamon, kinsuji is very active nice high ranking hataraki.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.