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Chikushi Ryokai tanto in shirasaya with NTHK

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Koto Chikushi Ryokai tanto with NTHK papers. Perfect ko-itame hada with a nashiji appearance and showing with nie-utsuri. Gorgeous jigane. In shirasaya with gold foil habaki. Well executed horimono with gomabashi-hi and bonji. 

 

$2,400 (plus shipping and PayPal) 

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Additional, daylight photos of the Chikushi Ryokai tanto. I've tried to show how beautiful the ji is in this sword. The ji is filled with nie, there is a prominent nie-utsuri, and there are numerous chikei throughout. This is an extremely high-quality Yamashiro-den tanto. Unless one has the means to acquire an Awataguchi or Rai tanto, this is a close second.

 

 

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I cannot agree more Ray's comparison with Awataguchi or Rai. This is a wonderful blade, but without super-professional photographic equipment it is impossible to capture the steel with all those gorgeous ji-nie. Keep in mind - in hand, you will see those steel particles, sparkling like stars and wonderful to behold. 

 

Allow me to quote Hiroshi Kojima (4th Naohiro) on this topic:

 

"Nashi-ji of blade steel is also filled with particles. The view of "nashi-ji hada" steel is covered with full of fine particles (jinie), and the layer pattern sinks down under them. The particles appears like making a small wood grain that is free from the layer pattern. It is one of the most beautiful view of blade steel. 
  
Nashiji-hada is most popular in the Awataguchi school in Kyoto 13th century. By careful study, the steel of it has a little large layer pattern, but fine particles fill the surface. It looks like a very small wood grain made of twinkle particles.
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here is the link to this comment:

http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/nashiji.html

 

This is a blade you will never get bored with.  

 

 

 

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