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Tanto:Chikuzen no Kami Nobuhide Meiji 9 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi (August, 1876)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number:24040

Tanto in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature: Chikuzen no Kami Nobuhide
Meiji 9 Nen 8 Gatsu Hi (August, 1876)

We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku, and Regular Saku.
This work is ranked as Jyojyo Saku for Chikuzen no Kami Nobuhide.
Habaki: Gold-plated double
Blade Length: 28.5 cm (11.22 in)
Curvature: 0 cm
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base (Motohaba): 2.97 cm (1.17 in)
Thickness of Rim (Kasane): 0.58 cm (0.23 in)
Sword Weight: 225 grams (0.50 lbs)
Era: Meiji 9 (1876)
Shape: The blade is broad and thick, giving it a robust appearance.
Jigane: The grain structure is Itame with chikei.
Hamon: The temper line is a midare pattern with deep nioiguchi, featuring large midare and a round return at the boshi. It includes sunagashi and kinsuji in the ha.

Features: Chikuzen no Kami Nobuhide chose Kiyomaro as his master, possibly through the influence of Kubota Kiyoyuki. He was able to secure a connection with the Tokugawa shogunate, earning the title of Chikuzen no Kami and flourishing as a government-appointed swordsmith. Despite the 1876 Haitorei Edict that banned sword making, Nobuhide was permitted to continue his craft, making him an exception among many who had to cease their work.

Aoi Art's Comment: In Meiji 9, while other swordsmiths had ceased making swords, Nobuhide was allowed to continue in a conducive environment. Having studied under the Kiyomaro school, Nobuhide produced works similar to Kiyomaro's and was renowned for his carving skills. His perseverance and skill enabled him to continue sword making despite the restrictive Haitorei Edict. His tragic end saw him either committing seppuku in his hometown or dying of illness in Tokyo.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
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