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An elegant katana signed, Shimizu Jinnoshin Nobutaka. Dated, Kansei hachi nen ni gatsu hi (a day in February 1797). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, high shinogi, little niku, chu kissaki, bo hi. Hawatare: 2 shaku 3 sun 1 bu (70 cm / 27.55") Motohaba: 3.23 cm. Sakihaba: 2.28 cm. Kasane: 6.6 mm. Gunome with gunome choji, ko-midare in ko-nie deki. Soft habuchi with deep ashi iri. A moist itame, slightly nagare, with fine bright jinie. In new polish. Valued at 2,200,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno. If interested in putting together a dai-sho, S305 http://www.nihonto.us/NOBUTAKA%20TANTO%20FG.htm has the same signature and date.
Mounted in Shin gunto koshirae with a silver mon on the kabutogane. The koshirae is as close to mint as I can remember seeing. Silver foil habaki.
The Nobutaka smiths worked in Owari province, and in the Mino tradition. From Nambokucho times there was a good deal of interaction between the smiths in Owari and Mino provinces. Eighth generation Nobutaka dated works range from Kansei 5 (1794) to Bunka 2 (1805). $5,750