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Haruhisa was a smith who worked in the Nagato area (Choshu) around the end of the Edo Era. This is a very nice tanto be him that is signed Fujimoto Haruhisa Saku. It is dated as being made in the Tenth month of the Third year of Keio or 1867. This would be just before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. There is not much written about him but he certainly did nice work as evidenced by this thick and strong tanto. It has a nagasa of 11 9/16 inches or 29.3 cm. The width at the hamachi is 1.14 inches or 2.89 cm. The width at the point is 0.87 inches or 2.20 cm. This is a thick blade with a kasane of 0.28 inches or 0.72 cm. It is hira-zukuri in shape witha horimono of a dragon on the omote and a carving of a bonji character and a lotus blossom on the ura.

The jitetsu is a beautiful itame hada which is unusual for a blade of this period. Usually they are forged so tightly that almost no grain appears. The hamon is an o-gunome midare on both sides with ashi reaching almost to the ha in areas. There is chikei and ji-nie together with other pleasing activities throughout the hamon. The boshi is ko-maru and hakikakke with a long kaeri extending about one third of the way down the mune of the blade. This blade was just awarded NBTHK Hozon papers which attest to the validity of the signature and the quality of the blade.  It comes in a new shirasaya with an old gold washed copper habaki, probably original to the blade.

This sword comes with an outstanding late Edo period koshirae that is also probably original to the blade. The saya is lacquered to look like a gnarled wooden log that has an evil looking snake thrreading its way in and out of it. The tsuba is iron with tiny mice delicately carved. The fuchi is iron with water plants and the kashira is also iron and it is carved in the form of two dragons butting heads. The tsuka is done in cherry wood that has been lacquered. Inset into the tsuka are a monkey holding a peach on the omote and a badger on ura. There is also a shakudo kozuka with a delicate katydid and some dew drops. All in all a very unusual and precious set of fittings. They are in excellent condition with no cracks or losses.