Order number : 16674
Wakizashi (Sunnobi Tanto) in Shirasaya (#20th Juyo Token paper) (consignment sale)
Signature : Hasebe Kuninobu
Sayagaki done by Dr. Kanzan : Hasebe Kuninobu the length is 1 Shaku 5 Bu.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Gold colored double Habaki.
Blade length : 45.45 cm or 17.89 inches.
Sori : 0.36 cm or 0.14 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the Hamachi : 2.69 cm or 1.06 inches.
Kasane : 0.4 cm or 0.16 inches.
Era : Nanbokucho period.
Shape : Wide thin blade Mitsumune style shallow curve around Kissaki. Nice shape Sunnobi Tanto.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach fine texture with Chikei appearing.
Hamon : Konie-deki Gunome-midare from Hamachi area and then become Hitatsurayaki to the edge. Boshi turns round shape Yakisage style.
Special feature : Hasebe Kuninobu is a younger brother of Kunishige. Hasebe school aere active around later Kamakura to Nanbomucho period and Kunishige, Kuninobu and Kunihira are famous smith.
The blades forged by Kunishige and Kuninobu are very similar.
‘Heshikiri Hasebe’ forged by Kunishige is one of an important art object of Japan.
The sword was cut shortened (Suriage) and gold inlay signature is done by Honami Kotoku as a family treasure of Kuroda clan.
The sword was used by Oda Nobunaga and gifted to Croda Nagamasa via Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
For this Sunnobi Tanto, Jitetsu and Hamon are very similar to Heshikiri Hasebe but Boshi Yakisage becomes more deep as an characteristics of Kuninobu blade.
This legendary high ranking knife is a good document to study about Japanese traditional culture and also would be a good investment in future. The sword with this high rank is becoming very difficult to find in sword market in Japan.
#20th Juyo Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.
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