Ordering number: AS20264
Tanto in Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu for the Koshirae)
Signature : Suo Koku Ju Hironaga Saku
Meiji 3 Nen 8 Gatsu Kakan (Late August 1870)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo-jyo ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length: 24.08 cm or 9.48 inches.
Sori : 0.0 cm or 0 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.05 cm or 0.80 inches.
Kasane : 0.5 cm or 0.19 inches.
The weight of the sword 130 grams.
Era: The end of Edo period to Meiji period.
Shape: Regular width and thickness, nice shape Tanto. The Nakago is thick.
Jigane: Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. Muji Fu Jigane.
Hamon: Bright Suguha Hamon. Boshi is round shape.
Special feature: Suo Koku Ju Hironaga was a swordsmith of Suo province. He is good at carving on the swords.
He was from Choshu Hagi and then moved to Yamaguchi.
His real name is Kengo and the name is called Shinryushi.
He studied under Kagasuke Sukenaga. He is especially a master of carving.
Saya : brown color Kawarinuri Saya.
Tsuba: Shakudo Tsuba, the landscape is engraved with gold color.
Menuki: Shibuichi, radish is engraved.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako, boat and chery blossoms are engraved with gold color.
Kozuka: Shakudo Nanako, bamboo and bird are engraved with gold color.
Kogatana: There is a signature Mishina Tanba Kami Kanemitsu.
From Aoi Art: The Suo Koku Ju Hironaga’s blade is in Tanto Koshirae. Very few Tanto are produced.
The Jigane well grained and clear. It is close to Muji Hada.
The Hamon is beautiful tight Suguha. Tsuba of Koshirae, there is a landscape is engraved. Other fittings are also so nice.
We recommend this Tanto for you. The Ububa is a little left and this is a healthy Tanto.
NBTHK Hozon Token
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Kodogu for the Koshirae.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.