Ordering number: 19664
Tanto in Shirasaya with Koshirae, Box(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature : unsigned attributed to Sue Mihara school.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold foiled single Habaki.
Blade length : 22.2 cm or 8.74 inches.
Sori : 0.2 cm or 0.08 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.11 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.71 cm or 0.28 inches.
The weight of the sword 150 grams.
Era : The late Muromachi period(ca 1521)
Shape : Thick Tanto wit the Bohi carve into both sides.
Jigane : Well grained Itame-hada mixed with Masame-hada, Jinie and Chikei apparent.
Hamon : Nie-deki, Suguha apparent well, small Ashi in places.
Special Feature : The lineage of the Mihara school dates back to the Kamakura period and their works which were produced during the Muromachi period are referred to as the Sue Mihara school.
This Sue Mihara school sword is thicker and has a longer Nakago.
Koshirae : Fundami style Koshirae with the Ichimonji Mitsuboshi family crest. This family crest was used by many Daimyo families such as Ooe, Sagae, Nagai, Hattori, Echigo Hojo, Yasuda, Mouri, Watanabe, and Matsuura.
From Aoi Art : For some reason, the Sue Mihara school is kind of undervalued nowadays but their swords were possessed by the Daimyo families.
This sword has the Origami paper issued by Honami family on 3 September, 44 of the Meiji period. According to the paper, this Tanto has been attributed Shimada Sukemune then.
The Koshirae and the box look really gorgeous, only the Daimyo families deserve such good Koshirae and a box.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.