Large Antique Japanese Dagger (Sunnobi-Tantō) by Kanefusa
This is a large antique dagger (sunnobi-tantō) in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya) and a two-piece silver blade collar (habaki). Another common Japanese name for this type of large daggers is (ko-wakizashi). This sword blade dates from the late Edo Period circa 1840 CE by Kanefusa of Mino Province. The blade shows a nice mixture of clove shaped reciprocal elements (gunome-chōji) temper pattern (hamon) done in a fine (nioi). The forging pattern (jihada) shows a fine random flow of the grain (ko-itame). The sword has an inscription on the scabbard by co-founder of the NBTHK Dr. Kanzan Sato attributing the sword to the 25th generation Kanefusa of Mino Province.
The blade has been authenticated and deemed to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The dagger is signed Kanefusa (兼房) and authenticated by the NBTHK. The blade dates from the late Edo Period circa 1840 CE. The cutting-edge length of the blade (nagasa) measures 12.5 inches (31.8 cm) long. Overall, the condition of the blade is fine, the art polish has only a few very minor scratches. A full English translation of the NBTHK apparel paper is avaible upon request.
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