New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINSHINTO EDO SUISHINSHI WAKIZASHI
EDO PERIOD, DATED KANSEI 2 (1790), SIGNED SUISHINSHI MASAHIDE
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 1 shaku, 7 sun, 4 bu (52.8cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.1cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.1 cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): pear skin pattern (nashiji).
Tempering pattern (hamon): a rolling wave pattern (toran) in nioi and ko-nie.
Point (boshi): medium rounded (chu-kissaki).
Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): regular and tapering; file marks (yasurime): strongly sloping (o-sujikai); end (nakagojiri): ha-agari kuri-jiri; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katanamei): Suishinshi Masahide with kao; date (jidai): Kansei 2-nen 8-gatsu hi (a day in the 8th month of Kansei 2 ).
Silk storage bag.
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