Ordering number: 20297
Tanto in Shirasaya
Signature : Echigo Kuni Yoshimitsu Saku(Mukansa swordsmith)
Showa 61 Nen 2 Gatsuhi
(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 by one of the best polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 21.3 cm or 8.38inches.
Sori : Uchizori
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.07 cm or 0.81inches.
Kasane : 0.6 cm or 0.23inches.
The weight of the sword 120 grams.
Era: Showa 61th (1986)
Shape: Regular width and thickness. Hi is engraved on the front side, Gomabashi is engraved on the backside. Beautiful elegant Tanto.
Jigane: Ko-Itame-hada well grained, Jinie attached with Chikei. Wonderful Jigane
Hamon : Ko-niedeki Suguha with Ko-Ashi.
Special feature: Yoshimitsu, whose real name is O-no Mitsuo was born in
1948. He graduated from Nihon University and started to learn making sword under Yoshihara Yoshihito. Yoshimitsu awarded the Shorei-sho prize at his first exhibiting to the Shinsaku-
meito-ten, annual sword-making competition held by the
NBTHK in 1973. He established smithy in Nigata pref. in
the next year. Continuously awarded, he forged a
remarkable sword modeled on a national treasure named
Yamadori-ge. Uesugi Kenshin, known as a famous military commander in Japan once owned it.
This sword also reproduces its brilliant Hamon called Juka-choji. Yoshimitsu forged this one in the same year when he was approved a Mukansa-tosho.
From Aoi Art: Yoshimitsu usually does not make Tanto but make Katana,
we think it is because there is a law that limit the number of products each year. Katana is a few millions Yen but Tanto is not so expensive, but this Tanto is rare and good quality. There are small Ashi in Hamon, it needs to look carefully to find it. The polish was done by one of the best polishers. From that, we can see the work of Nie, Chiei in
Jigane. It also has Ububa, we recommend the sword for
Yomeiri Tanto and Family treasure.
Modern Mukansa swordsmith
Aoi Art estimation paper