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#1 DigsFossils-n-Knives


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:02 AM

Hi everyone. My first thread and I wanted to share this. I recently started collecting nihontos and I'd like to share my very small collection.  Open to comments or info.  I have a lot to learn and would greatly appreciate any info you have.  THANKS

Here is the write-up by AoiJapan:

Tanto in Koshirae.
Signature : Mumei (ShinShin To)
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 22.8 cm or 8.97 inches.
Sori : 0.1 cm or 0.03 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.54 cm or 1 inches.
Kasane : 0.59 cm or 0.23 inches.
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : Regular size Tanto.
Jitetsu : Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. The hada pattern is well seen.
Hamon : Nie Deki Gunome Midare. Boshi is Hakikake style.
Special feature : This blade was made using old iron of Koto period during the Edo period.
Koshirae : Black color Aikuchi Koshirae with family crest.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

My pictures:









Henry V.

#2 paulb


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 08:09 AM


Congratulations if this is your first purchase you have done far better than many of us did in the past. You have purchased a sword in good polish with all detail visible from a well known and generally respected dealer.

I certainly cant add much to his description, it looks to be exactly what he describes it as. The koshirae look to be fairly late (opinion based on feeling rather than anything else) but again reasonable quality.

The hakikaki boshi as seen in the oshigata is particularly nice to see.This in combination with the gunome hamon may be an attempt to simulate late Yamato or early Mino work.

Well done.



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#3 uwe


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 08:23 AM

Well done Henry, late, but a nice package at all!
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#4 Kurikata


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 08:57 AM

Hi Henry,


Mon on the saya is :

Wisteria (Fuji, 藤)


One of the Family using this Mon was the Fujiwara Clan: http://en.wikipedia....i/Fujiwara_clan



Bruno P.

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 09:21 AM


No comment on the package which is very nice indeed. Just one thing, always display the bare blade edge up for fear of damaging it and to preserve the polish put acloth on the kake to avoid friction :)
Jean L.
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#6 DigsFossils-n-Knives


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 08:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments and any info is greatly appreciated.  I will be googling the new info to understand more about this tanto.  This just inspires me to learn more and to focus on the specific item. Bruno - thanks a mil' for the link.


This tanto one of four antiques I have acquired this year.  I'll post pics of the others soon when I find the time.  THANKS AGAIN!

Jean - you are absolutely right.  The deer antlers is tough/hard stuff.  But in this case the blade has no edge (I think that's a bit odd); it's dull like a butter knife (not kidding).  I will use a cloth to avoid scratching the sides of the blade.  Newbie mistake.

Henry V.

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 12:20 AM

Henry, you can glue a small piece of white felt to the inside of the antlers to protect both blade & koshirae; pretty easy to do, & it won't spoil the nice look of your kake.

Good start on the tanto, but now please spend the next $100 buying reference books so you will begin to understand what you have...& what you'll look to buy in the future.

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