12 - 13 July 2005
A Mino Tanto With Mounting
Signed Noshu ju Kaneie and dated on the ura Tensho jushichinen  hachi gatsu hi
Sugata [configuration]: hirazukuri, sakizori with a degree of fumbari, the mune lowers towards the kissaki, possibly due to later re-shaping of the blade
Kitae [forging pattern]: fine and close itame with a flowing component and shirake utsuri
Hamon [tempering pattern]: tight gunome hamon of nioi with ko-nie
Boshi [tip]: komaru with a long return
Nakago [tang]: ha-agari kurijiri, two holes, osujigai file marks
Koshirae [set of mounts]: brown and black lacquer carved in simulation of wood grain, kozuka, kogai and fuchi-kashira of plain russet iron, the menuki of fruit in shakudo with gold details
Habaki [collar]: single, gold-clad
Nagasa [length from tip to beginning of tang]: 26.2cm.
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Accompanied by a Hozon Token [Sword Worthy of Preserving] certificate no.368173, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai [Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword] on 9 August 2004.
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