NICELY MOUNTED TANTÔ BY BIZEN HARUMITSU 春光 110721

NICELY MOUNTED TANTÔ BY BIZEN HARUMITSU 春光 110721
11.28.21 admin@nihonto

Nihonto.com is pleased to present this 16th century tantô by the Bizen smith Harumitsu (春光).  There were several smiths who worked in the middle to late 1500’s and used the name Harumitsu.  Their signatures often included their first names and that made identification somewhat easier.  Unfortunately, this blade is signed without a first name.  It is signed Bishû (no ) Jû Osafune Harumitsu (備州之住長船春光).  The style of signature looks like that used by Jûrôzaemonnojô Harumitsu who worked around the Tensho era (1570).  This was a period of intense warfare throughout Japan and swords were in high demand.  This tantô looks to be an excellent example of what is called kazu-uchi mono (mass produced swords) made quickly to meet the needs of the fighting armies.  Generally, smiths such as Harumitsu also made what are called chûmon-uchi swords, i.e. carefully made swords of high quality on which they proudly put their full name, place of residence, and date the sword was made.  He is rated as a wazamono smith.  This means that his swords are rated as having excellent cutting ability.

This tantô has a cutting edge of 9.625 inches or 24.5 cm.  The moto-haba (width at the base) is 0.95 inches or 2.42 cm and the saki-haba (width at the point) is 0.73 inches or 1.85 cm.  The kasane (thickness of the blade) is 0.24 inches or 0.58 cm.  The blade has only a very slight koshi-sori (curvature).  The jigane (grain of the metal) is a combination of a tight ko-itame mixed with a coarse mokume in areas.  There appears to be a good amount of utsuri throughout the ji which should stand out beautifully if the blade had a touch-up polish.  The hamon (temper line) is an irregular and jagged midare which could be termed to be nie-kuzuri.  This is typical of the swords of the late Bizen school.  The nakago is ubu with two mekugi-ana (holes).  There are some old fingerprints which could be removed with a light polish.

This blade comes with a very pleasing set of mountings (koshirae) as pictured below.  This koshirae is in excellent condition.  It also comes with NBTHK Hozon papers which attest to the validity of the signature and the quality of the blade.  There is also a shirasaya and a silver plated habaki.

PRICE: $2,750.00

KOSHIRAE

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