New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A CHIKUZEN KONGO BYOE TACHI
MID-NAMBOKUCHO PERIOD (CIRCA 1350-1370), ATTRIBUTED TO REIZEN SADAMORI
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium size point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 2 sun, 5.5 bu (68.1 cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.9 cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 0.9 cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): wood grain (itame) intermixed with masame and some mokume and with some scattered ji-nie. Tempering pattern (hamon): extremely narrow suguba (hososuguba).
Point (boshi): small rounded (ko-maru).
Tang (nakago). shape (keitai): o-suriage; file marks (yasurime): slanted (katte-sagari); end (nakagojiri): rounded (kuri-jiri); holes (mekugi-ana): one (also remnant of one on jiri); signature (mei): unsigned (mumei).
In shirasaya with attestation by Homma Junji .
Accompanied by a juyo token certificate, no. 6879, Showa 55 (1980), issued by the N.B.T.H.K.
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