Ordering number : 18469
Tanto in Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : Toshihide Kinsaku.
Showa 13 Nen Tsuchinoe-Tora 8 Gatsu Kichijitsu.
Explanation: The blade was made by Horii Toshihide on lucky day, August, Showa 13th (1938).
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Silver single habaki.
Blade length : 22.6 cm or 8.9 inches.
Sori :0 cm or 0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.19 cm or 0.86 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : cm or inches.
Kasane : 0.59 cm or 0.232 inches.
The weight of the sword 140 grams.
Era : Showa 13th (1938)
Shape : The blade is beautiful shape with Mitumune style.
Jigane : The blade is very nice nice Jigane with chikei work.
Hamon : Almost Nioi deck suguha hamon with thick nioikuchii soft ashi.
Special feature: Horii Toshihide whose real name 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.
From Aoi Art : Horii Toshihide of this work is a suguha hamon blade
with a good Jigane and Nioideki work of a blade
which is a work imitating Yamashiroden’s work.
It is a dignified work of three Mune and
At first glance it looks plain jigaane
but observe carefully the jigaane contains chikei
and ilame hada masnagare.
It is very high ranking Tanto which looks like old Koto feeling.
I recommend this nice Tanto as your daughter’s oyomeiri tanto.
or good Kansyo blade.
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.