Antique Japanese Sword Tanto Signed by Shimosaka with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by one of Shimosaka’s swordsmiths according to the signature and NBTHK’s appraisal. It also suggested that this blade was most likely to be forged by Echizenkoku Jyu Shimosaka Kanesaki(越前国住下坂兼先). Supposed that Kanesaki forged this blade as NBTHK suggested, it must have been around the Keisho era(1596-1615: early Edo period). You can find the signature of Echizenkoku Jyu Shimosaka Kane but Saki part was cut due to shortening the blade in the past.
The founder of Shimosaka school was the first-gen, Yasutsugu. It was initially founded in Shimosaka town in Shiga prefecture at the end of the Muromachi period(Late 16 century ). During the early Edo period, Yuki Hideyasu, the second son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, ordered Yasutsugu and his apprentices to move to Kitanosho castle town in Echizen to organize the school.
Echizen Province was famous for forging razor-sharp, practically-designed swords. The Edo government, run by the Tokugawa clan, ordered many blades from the swordsmiths in this province during the Edo period(1603-1868). There were so many swordsmiths originally from the Mino province(Gifu prefecture) in Echizen province, which is known as one of the five great Japanese sword styles MINO-DEN.
There is a beautiful engraving on this blade. Its technique is Ranma Sukashibori, a traditional openwork technique. If you were to order this kind of engraving from a Japanese engraver today, it would cost approximately 10,000 USD. We assume whoever owned this blade in Samurai times must have been wealthy enough to order such intricate design on the blade.]
Kurikara Ken, which is the weapon Fudo Myo-o carried, is engraved on this blade. Fudo Myo-o is one of the objects of worship in Buddhism. According to a theory, it is the incarnation of Dainichi Nyorai (大日如来, Mahāvairocana, the principal image of esoteric Buddhism). You would also find a dragon. It is called Kurikara Ryu (倶利伽羅龍); the figure in which a dragon wraps around the sword that Fudo Myo-o holds in his right hand to cut evil. Fudo My o-o’s sword has been considered to punish sin, cut off worldly desires, and achieve goals. Fudo Myo-o is a motif with miraculous virtues.
While there is a small crack in the Ranma Sukashi part and tiny black rust on Shinogi Ji, this blade was appraised as Tokubetsu Hozon Token. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, especially worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).
We will have this black rust polished before sending this Tanto to you. A small crack won’t be considered a serious defect to appreciate this blade.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：25.9 cm (10.2 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 0.2 cm( 0.08 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Horimono: Horimono is an inscription or sculpture on Japanese swords.
Habaki： Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon Certificate for the blade＆ Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on Feb 19th in the second year of Reiwa(2020). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. This blade also comes with Tokubetsu Kicho certificate, an old form of authentication paper. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Hyogo 76241
The Board of Education in Hyogo prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it.
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【Japanese Sword& Export Process】
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords made in Japan. It was made from the traditional carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE(玉鋼). Samurai Museum is familiar with the proper legal procedure for an antique/ authentic Japanese sword to be exported from Japan. We have sent more than 300 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.
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【The Art of Nihonto(Japanese Sword)】
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【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
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