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Tanto signed NAGAYOSHI HEIANJO

Tanto signed NAGAYOSHI HEIANJO

Yamashiro Eisho era about 1510年前 Edge length: 23.6㎝ Curvature:Minimal

Thickness:5.3mm
Engraving: Front[Suken inkoku] Back[Sen shu raku]
Back of the edge called Mune [Bohi]

Shirasaya:Sayagaki by Dr.Kanzan Sato

Gold foil single Habaki

Koshirae : Black Aikuchi Koshirae with Black Same Tsuka

Fittings : Mumei Mukade Menuki ( Centipede ) and Mumei Mukade Kozuka from late Muromachi Period. Koshirae is in exceptional condition.

Registered in 1951 in Tokyo

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate

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Nagayoshi was a sword smith who was good at engraving works like Suken, Bonji, Japanese-characters etc. His home was Yamashiro province. It was said that there were some Nagayoshi generations from Ouei-era to Eisho-era. This Tanto is attributed to the fifth generation Nagayoshi. He forged a lot of pieces in Yamato province, Mikawa province and Ise province. You may know that the famous Sword Smith Muramasa in Ise province was trained under 5th generation Nagayoshi. This Tanto shape is really elegant and balanced well with 「千秋楽」Senshuraku engraving. And I have never seen the engraving ( groove ) on the back of edge ( Mune ). I am not sure why Nagayoshi did it on the Mune, but it might be the blood flowing channel, this is extremely rare. HEIANJO NAGAYOSHI 5th Generation Tanto are extremely rare. This Tanto has been preserved in perfect condition as is the Koshirae.

I can feel the threatening atmosphere in this engraving. It was a Tanto which had a purpose to protect the owner. The Suken on the front-side is a perfect Yamashiro style Suken. You can find the top of Suken wider and it was positioned along the Mune-side. These are specific points of Yamashiro engraving. It has a Japanese calligraphy note by Kanzan Sato “It was forged by Heianjo Nagayoshi but it is the Nijimei Nagayoshi signed piece”.

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Koshirae: Black Aikuchi Koshirae with Black Same Tsuka

Fittings: Mumei Mukade Menuki ( Centipede ) and Mumei Mukade Kozuka from late Muromachi Period. Koshirae is in exceptional condition.

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HEIANJO NAGAYOSHI Shirasaya explanation.

へいあんじょうながよし2じざいめいなりながさ 7すん8ぶありしょうわ38ねんしょとう
(にじ)(ななすん)(はちぶ)かんざんしるす かおう
ぎんむぎあいくちこしらえ
Heianjo-Nagayoshi2-Ji-Zaimei-NariNagasa- 7-Sun-8-BuariSyowa-38-Nen Syotou
(Ni-Ji)(Nana-Sun)(Hachi-Bu)Kanzan-Shirusu Kaou
Aikuchi-Koshirae
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