Order number : 17494
Tanto in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Zuisen Horii Toshihide Saku.
Showa 9 Saru Inu Cyusyu bi.
Explanation: The blade was made at 1934 middle Autumn.
(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 by high grade polisher.
Habaki :gold wrapped double habaki.
Blade length : 24.24 cm or 9.54 inches.
Sori :0.0cm or 0.0 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.21cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.535cm or 0.21 inches.
Era : Showa 9. (1934)
Shape : The blade is nice looking healthy Tanto.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained
with jinie attach beautiful fantastic texture.
Hamon :Konie deki suguha with small ashi.
Boshi is bice round shape.
Special feature:Horii Toshihide whose real name was Kaneyoshi Horii 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:Before the war and middle war time,
Horii Toshihide is one of the top ranking sword maker
who lived in Muroran Hokkaido.
He mada many swords during his life , But he made few Tanto.
Probably he made many Tanto for navy officers
but most of the officers died with the battle ship.
So right now it is hard to look for his Tanto.
This sword remind us old Koto Rai Kunitoshi which is nice Jigane and also
elegant temper line. We recommend this healthy fantastic Rai Kunitoshi utsushi tanto for you.
Back ground of age: Babe Ruth and 17 baseball players came to Japan and showed baseball playing.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.