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Mounted Mumei Tanto
An attractively mounted mumei Mino school blade. Hawatare: 9 sun 0.9 rin (27.3 cm / 10.74"). Motohaba: 2.54 cm. Kasane: 5.2 mm. Ko nie based gunome notare midare; some ashi iri forming togari choji; small gifu; nado. The jigane is a rolling masame with profuse small jinie, ending in a jizu boshi with a long kaeri becoming muneyaki. The jibara wrapped tsuka is brown ito; the fuchi is patterned sentoku; an older Kaga yoshiro kashira with brass and copper in honzogan; the menuki red copper sea shells, a pattern and treatment I have not come across before. The sentoku tsuba is of a dog tied to a sea shell The saya is a rich brown black lacquer, ribbed three fifths of the length, a black horn kaeri zuno, and an iron Shoami kojiri with shakudo and gilt foliage.
Although the hamon and jigane are visible the blade needs a polish. A great piece for a new collector, a martial artist, or as a decorator. $1,650
Classic Mino jizo head boshi.
Gunome midare togare hamon, and rolling masame with itame mixed in.
Kaga Yoshiro kashira Shoami kurikata
Red copper sea shell menuki