Tanto Sue-Seki in koshirae 

PERIOD
Late Muromachi period: Mino, 16th century
NAGASA 28.7 cm
MOTOHABA 2.8cm 
MOTOKASANE 6 mm, sakikasane: 4 mm
SUGATA
[configuration]: solid hira-zukuri, iori-mune
KITAE
[forging pattern]: itame hada
HAMON
[tempering pattern]: gunome midare with choji and yahazu, areas of abundant sunagashi and tobiyaki
HORIMONO
[carving]: narrow bo-hi on both sides
BOSHI
[point]: jizo mixed with hakikake on ura side.
NAKAGO

[tang]:  ubu, katte-sagari yasurime; two mekugi-ana

MEI Kanetsuji 兼辻

 

KOSHIRAE

The blade comes with a very good koshirae with shakudo-nanako and gold Goto-school fittings illustrating scenes from the Genpei war and a black and brown ishime lacquer striped saya.
 

Osafune in Bizen province and Seki in Mino province were the two biggest sword supply bases during the “warring state” (Sengoku) period (1467-1568). Kanetsuji is a well known late koto sword-maker from Mino. He was active between 1555 and 1573, producing mainly tanto. His blades are listed as wazamono (“Sharp items”).

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