New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A SHINSHINTO INABA JUKAKU KATANA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1820), SIGNED TOSHIZANE
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 1 sun, 9.5 bu (66.7cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.5cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.0cm.
Forging pattern (jihada): an extremely dense wood grain (ko-itame), almost patternless (muji-hada).
Tempering pattern (hamon): medium suguba in ko-nie with a clear habuchi.
Point (boshi): small rounded (ko-maru) with long kaeri. Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): slender, tapering and with a dry, brown patina; file marks (yasurime): kesho-yasuri; end (nakagojiri): iri-yamagata; holes (mekugi-ana): one; signature (katanamei): Toshizane.
Silk storage bag.
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