Order number : 15552
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Saku You Baku Kashi Hosokawa Masamori (Kokuin)
Bunkyu 3 February
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Single copper Habaki
Blade length : 28.6 cm or 11.3 inches.
Sori : 0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.72 cm or 1.07 inches.
Kasane : 0.75 cm or 0.30 inches.
Era : Edo period Bunkyu era (1863)
Shape : Thick sharpe blade such like Yoroi-Doshi.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach fine texture.
Hamon : Ko-Gunome Midare Kinsuji Ashi work well. Boshi turns Kaen style.
Special feature : Masamori was a swordsmith of Muasahi province. He was the First son of Hosokawa Masayoshi the second generation. Masayoshi the second learned under Suishinshi Masahide clan at Edo and served the Tsuyama domain. It is thought that Hosokawa Masayoshi and Taikei Naotane were two greatest practical successors of Suishinshi Masahide.
Masamori also served the Tsuyama domain. This Tanto is excellent Soden Bizen style active vivid temper line.
The blade left Ububa and also very healthy.
I think the blade is one of the masterpiece of his work.
Such short blades is very rare to find at the period.
Tsuba : Arabesque pattern painted on Mokko shape iron Tsuba.
Fuchi-kashira : Masks carved on Shakudo Nanako plate with gold color.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Menuki : Plum flower carved on Shakudo plate.
Kozuka : Fisherman carved on Shakudo plate.
Kogatana : Signature Tsuki? Kaneshige.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.