Ordering number : 19140
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.
Signature : Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa Hori Do-saku (Mukansa)
Showa 37 Nen Shogatsu Kichijitsu.
Explanation: This Tanto was made by Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa.
It was made in Showa 37th （1962) first of January lucky day
with engraving by himself.
AOI Bijyutasu Syosin Kanteisyo Gurantee NBTHK Hozon Token.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo Saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki :gold wrapped single habaki.
Blade length : 21.3 cm or 8.27 inches.
Sori : 0.0 m or 0.0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.21cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane :0.48 cm or 0.19 inches.
Weight of the blade: 95grams
Era : Showa 37. 1962.
Shape : The Tanto is smaller shape with Ubuha
and nice dragon engraved and Hokohata on the back.
Jigane :Koitame had well grained with jinie attach nice clear texture.
Hamon :Nie deki, Gunome Midare with many Ashi.
The Nioikuchi is rather thick. In Ha, there are Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Boshi is Notare Sansaku Fu.
Sspecial feature: Ikkansai Shigemasa, born Sakai Hiroshi in Shizuoka pref.
in 1905, learned under Kasama Shigetsugu,
entered to the Nihon-to Tanren-kai at the Yasukuni Shrine
with his cousin Miyaguchi Yasuhiro in 1933 and moved to Okura Nihon-to Tanrensho in 1936,
became a Jumei-tosho both of Japanese army and navy during wartime.
After the Second World War, he started forging sword in1954 at Itabashi-ku in Tokyo.
Later he moved in Sakado City in Saitama pref. Shigemasa got satisfactorily awards
at the annual sword-making competition held by NBTHK and became a Mukansa-tosho in 1981.
He passed away in September 1995.
This katana leaves nothing to be desired as top quality swords
by Shigemasa in that period.
Koshirae : aikuchi koshirae.
Saya :all Kizami saya and tusk by black and red color.
Menuki : waves are engraved on the silver plate.
Kozuka:On the syakudo nanako plate,
hook is engraved with gold and silver color.
From Aoi Art : Sakai Ikkansai Shigemasa was well known sword
maker as Mukansa sword maker.
He was making sword at during war time and after the war end.
He was very good at sword engraving like Kurihara Nobuhide
who was making at Late Edo period.
This Tanto is small size which is suitable for Oyomeiri Tanto.
In Japana even right now when family’s lady will get married,
family parent give a small Tanto to their daughter as bride praying
for a healthy and happy life.
This is a work I would definitely recommend
as your family’s happiness and good luck.
Gurantee: NBTHK Hozon Token.
Aoi Art estimation paper: Whole Oshigata.