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Uda Kuninaga Tanto
A suriage tanto signed, Uda Kuninaga. Hirazukure, iroi mune, very slight sakizori. Hawatare: 8 sun 9 bu 7.6 rin (27.2 cm / 10.7"). Motohaba: 2.55 cm. Kasane: 5.5 mm. Chu suguba, ko midare, ko nie deki, ko choji, togare, ko gunome, ashi iri, kinsuji, hataraki, nado. Itame nagare, hada tatsu, ji nie, chikei, nado. Bare blade.
Kuninaga was from Etchu province. There were three generations of Uda Kuninaga, shodai Eikyo (1429 - 1441); nidai Bunmei (1469 - 1487); sandai Temmon (1532 - 1555). The first and third generations are valued at 350,000 yen in Tokuno's Nihonto Taikan. The third generation is listed in Fujishiro's Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen as chu saku. I was not able to locate any illustrations, however, according to the Nihonto Meikan the three generation are included in eleven Japanese sword books, most of which I do not have.
The Kuninaga is in need of a polish. A polisher's window was opened to show some of the details, and that the blade was healthy enough to survive a polish. This is a project that should not require a huge investment, and one that should show a good return. $1,600.
Hataraki & Chikei