tanto / menuki / kozuka / kogai / fuchi-kashira / blade / saya / tsuka
Tanto (dagger blade) 1958,0730.107.a. Made of steel. Signed and inscribed.
Saya (scabbard); kozuka; kogai (waki) 1958,0730.107.b. Sheath: lacquered black, depicting paulownia flowers in gold makie; silver fittings carved with chrysanthemums; made of wood. Kozuka; waki-kogai: carved with chrysanthemums; made of silver.
Tsuka (hilt); menuki; fuchi-kashira 1958,0730.107.c. Bound with leather and lacquered; made of wood. Menuki; fuchi-kashira: carved with chrysanthemums; made of silver.
- 1869 (mid-spring)
- Made in: Japan
- Length: 15.1 centimetres (without tang)
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription Positiontang, reverse
Inscription TransliterationMeiji ni [nen] chushun
Inscription Translationmid-spring in the second year of the Meiji era 
This small blade is 'hira zukuri'. The tang has one hole, and the file marks are 'kesho' with 'sujigai'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is prominent 'itame' with 'jinie'. The 'hamon' is 'gunome' in 'sakagakari' form, tending towards 'kataochi gunome', in 'konie' with 'ashi'. The 'boshi' is pointed, with 'hakikake'. The smith is Shoji Yamon Naokatsu (d. 1884), the successor of Jiro Taro Naokatsu (d. 1858), who was the adopted son of Taikei Naotane (nos 62 and 63).
The scabbard is lacquered black, depicting paulownia flowers in gold 'makie'. The silver fittings, including the 'kozuka' and the 'wari-kogai', are carved with chrysanthemums. The hilt is bound with leather and lacquered. The assembled mounting dates from the Meiji era.
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Object reference number: JCR7601
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