10 November 2004
A Bizen School Tanto Yoroidoshi
Signed Bishu Osafune Tadamitsu Bunki 2-nen 2-gatsu hi (1502), Muromachi Period
Blade hirazukuri, iori-mune, forging pattern ko-itame with jinie, tempered edge gunome of nie, ko-maru boshi, horimono of a ken on the omote, bonji on the ura, tang ubu, one hole, gilt copper double habaki, nagasa 20.4cm., motohaba 2cm., in shirasaya, with a red and black ribbed lacquer saya and tsuka, shibuichi menuki formed as fish, plain shibuichi kozuka mounted as an urazashi aikuchi, 19th Century, 34cm.
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As this is dated 1502, the tanto is probably the work of Hirayuemon Tadamitsu, son of Hikobe Tadamitsu II, and grandson of Gorozaemon (no) Jo Norimitsu, the fourth Tadamitsu of Osafune.
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