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A graceful eighth generation tanto signed, Shimizu Jinnoshin Nobutaka. Dated, Kansei hachi nen ni gatsu hi (a day in February 1797) Hawatare: 5 sun 9 bu 8 rin (18.1 cm / 7.125") Motohaba: 2.34 cm. Kasane: 9.4 mm. Suguba, slight notare, in ko nie, there is ha nie. The boshi is a pointed komaru with a slightly longish kaeri. The jigane is a moist itame slightly nagare. Jinie and chikei. There is a shiraki bo-utsure. The horimono is a skillfully carve futatsubi and bonji. In first rate polish, shirsaya, and mounted with a horn habaki. Valued at 2,200,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno.
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). $3,200
Toko Taikan, by Tokuno