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Katana, Shirasaya
Shinkei Tanemitsu
[ Signature ] omote : "應新辰道君需作之"(SHIN Tatsumichi-kun no motome ni ôujite kore wo tsukuru) ura : "文久三年亥二月吉日 土浦臣長尾心慶藤原胤光"(Bnukyû san-nen I nigatsu-kichijitsu Tsuchiura shin Nagao Shinkei Fujiwara Tanemitsu)
[ Size ] Blade length 82,2cm (2 shaku 7 sun 1 bu 2 rin), sori 2,0cm (6 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 3,66cm, moto-kasane 0,88cm, saki-haba 2,57cm, saki-kasane 0,59cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 1.250g , shirasaya length 117cm
[ Period ] Bunkyû 3(1863)
[ Province ] Hitachi

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune. Mihaba is wide. Kasane is thick accordingly. There is a little difference of width between moto and saki. Chu-kissaki extended form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are sujikais and keshô. Saki is kurijiri. Two holes (one is hikae-mekugi-ana hole)
Jigane : Itame-hada well grained. Nagare-gokoro mixed. Jinie attached. Chikei appeared. A little uturi appeared.
Hamon : Gunomes, cho-jis and togari-bas mixed. Nioi-kuhi is clear. Ko-ashis appeared frequently. Tobi-yaki appeared.
Boushi : It runs in midare-komi, then turns in ko-maru.

Shin-kei Tanemitsu was born at Nakadate village, Makable county, Hitachi province as first son of SUDÔ Kyûemon on 14th April Tenpô 3. He was called Eikichi. He learned creating the swords in TAIKEI Naotane school. In Kaei 4, Eikichi was twenty years old when Naotane taught the technique of creating the swords for swordsmiths of Mito clan at Sukegawa castle of HItachi province, responding to the invitation of YAMANOBE Hyôgo who was a senior subject of Mito family. In this period, he studied under Naotane.

In a family register of NAGAO Eikichi, it mentioned "reestablishing NAGAO Kanesada's extinct family on 7th July Ansei 1". It was said that he took his family name NAGAO, calling himself Tanemitsu. It might consider that NAGAO Kanesada was swordsmith of Tsuchiura clan in Genroku period. He might become hired swordsmith of Tsuchiya family since the book titled "History of Tsuchiura" written by Saku NOGUCHI mentioned Tanemitsu installed first time his home at Tsuchiura in Ansei 5. He created the swords both in Tsuchiura and Edo as swordsmith of Jô-shu Tsuchiura clan.

Signatures : "長尾心慶胤光", "心慶胤光造", "土浦臣長尾心慶藤原胤光", "心慶胤光", etc.
Like this sword, he signed his signature in "隷書体" (a simplified form of ancient Chinese seal characters similar to the modern print style)
Timestamps : "安政二", "文久三" "慶応二・三・四", and "明治三", etc.

In the book titled "History of Tsuchiura" , it mentioned "大手前に居住せしも、明治年間真鍋に移る"(he lived in front of Ô-te-mae but he moved to Manabe during Meiji period).
He died on eleventh December Meiji 34, at 97th Ô-aza Yashiki, Manabe town(current Tsuchiura city), Nîbari county Ibaraki prefecture, in his seventy years old.
His tomb exists at Hôju-san Jinryû-ji temple in Tsuchiura city. His buddhist name is "清叟道栄居士" on the "過去帳"(temple's past faithfuls registered note).

[ Conditions ] Very tiny dotted rusts and scratches observed but they do not effect on the appreciation. The "生刃"(ubu-ba) remaining healthy sword.

[ Attachments ] Habaki, shirasaya, bag of shirasaya and NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper (issued on 17th February Heisei 17(2005))

[ Item number ] A011216 [ Price ] JPY2.500.000- (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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