A very interesting tanto from nambokucho to Oei era. Good activity/hataraki in the hamon is visible. A well forged hada and a lovely shape make for a desirable very early tanto. This sword is a beautiful tanto of gunome midare in itame with much ji-nie. This sword dates back to the 1300’s and has a very good history and is considered by many as a very desirable school to collect. This early tanto dating to the 1300’s is very healthy and robust. This is truly a wonderful koto era tanto from the Hirado Sa line of swordsmiths.
The origin of Sa was that he lived in Chikuzen Oki bearch and was the son of Nissai.
It was believed at one time that he was one of the 10 great students of Masamune but there is conflicting evidence suggesting this is not true. The Soshu-den style of his work was definitely at the top level of this.
The well grained jigane is truly spectacular. This school continued until Nanbokucho period
and after that Sue Sa smiths such as Yasuyohoshi, Yukihiro and Yoshisada were active.
This sword is said to be the Hirado-Sa school that was active around middle to late Nanbokucho period.
It is a wide and thick tanto and the jigane is clear and refined in the Soshu-den style. The hamon and hada are well grained.
There are over 30 swords that have passed NBTHK Juyo .
The work is fine and healthy and may go to a higher level.
HIRADO SA School
KUNIFUSA TEI-WA (t: O-SA): Came from CHIKUZEN. HIRADOZAEMONnoJO. Father of HAKATA KUNIMITSU. Brought SA style undulating GUNOME-NOTARE BA. Two character signature, look to CHIKUZEN made. HIRADOZAEMONnoJO KUNIFUSA SADAHIDE O-AN (f: SA SADAYOSHI): HIRADOZAEMON. Transferred from CHIKUZEN. Running HADA. NIE-DEKI NOTARE-MIDARE HA. His son, OISHI SADAHIDE to CHIKUGO. MORITSUGU O-EI: HIRADO. SHIRA-KERU "turbid" running ITAME has MASAME. KO-NIE DEKI SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE and O-MIDARE HA. MUNESHIGE O-EI: HIRADO. Running SHIRA-KE ITAME stands. KO-NIE SUGU ASAKI-NOTARE BA. BOSHI: KO-MARU KAERI is swept. SA EI-KYO: HIRADO smith lives in ISAHAYA. Worked between O-AN and EI-KYO. SUGU KO-NOTARE KO-GUNOME MIDARE HA. MORIYOSHI TEN-MON: ITAME. KO-NOTARE KO-MIDARE and NOTARE-GUNOME. MORITSUGU TAI-EI: KONGOBYOE. OZAKI JU. CHIKUZEN MORITSUGU School. Transferred to HIZEN. ________ IYESHIGE TEI-JI 1362 _________ _________ _________ ________ KOREYOSHI O-EI: To HIGO. KUNIKATSU CHIKAFUSA MORISADA - O-EI 1394 - _________ _________ _________ MITSUHISA O-NIN 1467 HIROYOSHI KUNISHIGE _______ ________ _______ - EI-KYO 1429 - IYEHIRO MORIFUSA IYEHISA - BUN-MEI 1469 - MEI-O 1492 _________ _________ ________ ________ _________ KUNICHIKA TADAYOSHI IYETSUGU KUNISUKE TSUNEKUNI EI-SHO 1504 TAI-EI 1521 - TEN-MON 1532 - ________ _________ TAKEYASU GEN-KI 1570 SHIZUMASA TEN-SHO 1573 ________ MUNESADA MATSUURA TEN-SHO 1573 ________ SUYEMORI SHIHOTAI BUN-MEI 1469 ________ MUNESUYE SHIHOTAI TEN-SHO 1573
- Mei: Mumei
- Date: 1300’s (koto)
- Nagasa: 8-1/16 inches
- Width at the ha-machi: 20.8 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.0 mm
- Construction: Hira kuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Midare
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $3,400.00
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Kantei-Sho (鑑定書) - Appraisal
tantō, unsigned: Hirado-Sa (平戸左)
nagasa ~ 20.5 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Hozon Tōken.
July 14, 2015
[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會)