Yasuhide/Tomohide Tanto (fss-813)

Item description:

A beautiful rare father and son collaboration this is a shin shinto tanto in shirasaya.  The overall condition is very good.  This blade is more than likely from the 1800’s and the work on it is clearly visible.  The hamon is in chu-suguha style and looks attractive.  The hada is itame and clear. The blade is signed, dated, and papered. This tanto sports horimono on both sides. There is a  ” SO NO KURIKARA ” which is a dragon winding around a ken. this is a highly simplified dragon which winds around a sword and is very rich and well cut. This Ken or Sword is with “sankozuka” which is a vajra thunderbolt hilt. The ken/sword is also an alternative of the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo. The other side has gomma-hashi which are chopsticks that are used on alters of Shinto shrines. There is also a  Bonji of “Mato Kwannon” who is the horse-head Buddha. Bonji inscriptions are invocations to this spirit to help the wielder of this sword.


Nice joint work between father and son. I have the two listed as (portrait attached also):
YASUHIDE (安英), Bunka (文化, 1804-1818), Musashi – “Buyō ni oite Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於武陽一関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Ichinoseki-shi Takehiro Yasuhide” (於東武奥州一之関士武広安英), “Tōbu ni oite Ōshū Takehiro” (於東武奥州武広), “Takehiro Fujiwara Yasuhide tsukuru” (武広藤原安英造), real name Takehiro Yo´emon (武広与右衛門), student of Suishinshi Masahide (水心子正秀), he workd for Ōshū´s Ichinoseki fief (一関藩) which was ruled by the Tamura family (田村), he died on the 25th day of the second month Tenpō 14 (天保, 1843) and wrote the work Tōken Buyō Ron (刀剣武用論), the portray to the right shows Yasuhide ten years before his death 
TOMOHIDE (友英), Tenpō (天保, 1830-1844), Dewa – “Tomohide” (友英), according to tradition the son of Takehiro Yasuhide (武広安英), student of Suishinshi Masahide (水心子正秀), real name Takehiro Naka´emon (武広仲右衛門), he died in the eighth year of Tenpō (1837), six years before his father, he also worked in Sendai (仙台)


  • Mei: Takehiro Yasuhide ‒ Tomohide (武広安英・友英)
  • Date: Bunsei jūninen nigatsu hi (文政十二年二月日) ‒ “A day in the second month of Bunsei twelve (1829)”
  • Nagasa: 9-3/4 inches
  • Sori: 2.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 22.9 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.6 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: ko-Itame
  • Hamon: suguha
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish

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Asking price: $5,600.00

Sale price till July 25th! $4,400.00

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Paper Translation:

Kantei-sho (鑑定書) ‒ Appraisal

Yasuhide (安英)
Tomohide (友英)

shōshin (正真) ‒ Authentic
nagasa 8 sun 1 bu kore ari (⻑さ八寸壱分有之) ‒ Blade length ~ 24.5 cm

Heisei 18 nen 9 gatsu 3 nichi (平成十八年九月三日) ‒ September 3, 2006

Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) ‒ NTHK

No 16090
meibun (銘文) ‒ Signature:   Takehiro Yasuhide ‒ Tomohide (武広安英・友英)
Bunsei jūninen nigatsu hi (文政十二年二月日) ‒ “A day in the second month of Bunsei twelve (1829)”

kitae (鍛) ‒ Forging:  ko-itame

hamon (刃紋) ‒ Hardening:  suguha

bōshi (鋩子) ‒ Hardening in tip:  ko-maru

chōkoku (彫刻) ‒ Engravings:  on the omote side a sō no kurikara and on the ura side bomabashi and bonji

nakago (中心) ‒ Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 2, yasurime (鑢): sujikai wide polished part

bikō (備考) ‒ Remarks: Murashi province

shinsaʼin natsuʼin (審査員捺印) ‒ Seals of Judges: 5 seals

samkange harry wants 4k… paid that much

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