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Tanto, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Hirado-Sa Iehiro
[ Signature ] omote : "家弘" ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 24.24cm ( 8 sun 0 bu 0 rin), sori 0cm (-), moto-haba 2.16cm, moto-kasane 0.52cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 3, blade weight 122.3g , shirasaya length 38cm
[ Period ] Muromachi, middle of, around Bunmei "文明" (1469-1486)
[ Province ] Hizen

[ Feature ]
Form : Hira-zukuri. Iori-mune. Both mihaba and kasane are ordinal. A little uchi-zori attached. Fukura shows sharp line kareru state.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are shallow katte-sagari. Saki is ha-agari, kuri-jiri. Three holes.
Horimono engravings : (omote) : kuri-kara-ryû (ura) : koshi-hi and soe-hi, run in straight.
Jigane : In mokumes, ita-me mixed. Jinie attached. Chikei appeared. Some shirake shown.
Hamon : Sugu-ha. Ko-gunomes mixed. Ashis appeared. Nie attached. Sunagashis appeared. Nioikuchi is clear.
Boushi : It runs in sugu. Then goes straight. Saki is more or less pointy. It turns in long.


* Waifu-ya katana koshirae : "隈府屋刀拵"

隈府屋刀拵 : 短刀作銘不明 伝説二 三斎公鷹狩ノ節ニ帯セラレシ短刀ナリシト云フ 隈府屋ト云フ商人ニ賜リタルヲ以ッテ此称アリ 現品其所在ヲ知ラズ 其拵ハ縁 頭共ニ黒ノ塗角、目貫ハ九曜紋ノ金ト赤銅ノ一雙、柄ハ藤ノ片手巻キニ小柄ハ胡麻竹トシ 鞘ハ栗色塗ナリ 其簡素ニシテ古雅ナル感服ノ外ナシ(『肥後金工録』)

Tantô, unknown swords-mith created Tantô saku mei humei "短刀作銘不明"
Legendly, Lord San-sai carried the tantô at his falconry. Densetsu-ni San-sai-kô takagari no setsu ni obi serareshi tantô nari shi to iu. "伝説二 三斎公鷹狩ノ節ニ帯セラレシ短刀ナリシト云フ"
The tantô was given to the marchant, Waifu-ya namely Waifu-ya to iu shô-nin ni tamawaritaru wo motte kono syô ari "隈府屋ト云フ商人ニ賜リタルヲ以ッテ此称アリ"
No one knows where original tantô is
Genpin sono shozai wo shirazu "現品其所在ヲ知ラズ"

Its koshirae, both fuchi and kashira are black colored horn
Sono koshirae wa fuchi kashira tomoni kuro no nuri-tsuno "其拵ハ縁 頭共ニ黒ノ塗角",
Menuki is a pair of gold and shakudô with kuyô-mon crest
Menuki wa kuyômon no kin to shakudô no issô "目貫ハ九曜紋ノ金ト赤銅ノ一雙",
Tsuka is wrapped by cane in katate-maki style
Tsuka wa fuji no katate maki ni "柄ハ籐ノ片手巻キニ",
Kozuka is made of bamboo, its surface shows sesame sprinkled
Kozuka wa goma-dake to shi "小柄ハ胡麻竹トシ",
Saya is colored into maron
Saya wa kuri-iro-nuri nari "鞘ハ栗色塗ナリ"

It's simplicity, old and elegance, no other than deep admiration.
Sono kanso ni shite ko-ga naru kanpuku no hoka nashi "其簡素ニシテ古雅ナル感服ノ外ナシ"

( On Higo metalsmiths
Higo Kinkô roku『肥後金工録』)

[ Highlight ]
Sa school moved to Hirado, Hizen province so that they were called Hirato Sa (school). Ie-hiro was a Hirado Sa school swordsmith around Bunmei "文明" ((1469-1486)

On mokume jigane ; itame mixed, rich jinie attached, chikei appeared around and around, blue-black colored.
Suguha hamon ; nio-kuchi is so clear, nie attached.
Horimono engravings ; kurikara-ryû is so magnific.

Charming koshirae, it is a utsushi replication of Waifu-ya katana koshirae. It was said that an original owned by HOSOKAWA San-sai (Tadaoki) ( who counted as one of high seven pupils of Rikyû), used at falconry. Koshirae well match for the blade.

[ Conditions ] Both the blade and koshirae keep excellent conditions.

[ Attachments ]
Habaki (suaka-ji, gold foiled, double), koshirae, bag of koshirae and NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper ( issued on 23rd July Heisei 5(1993))



[ Item number ] A011118 [ Price ] JPY 1,200,000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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