Kanesaki late koto: otanto

KANESAKI late koto period;

omote mei: “Kanesaki Saku” finely cut;
late Koto wakizashi or sunobi tanto (o’tanto)
sugata: hira-zukuri, almost mu-zori but with slight saki-zori, iori-mune;
nagasa: 31.1 cm; moto-haba: 2.7 cm; saki-haba: 1.9 cm
nakago: ubu with two mekugi-ana (one filled), higake (cross hatched) yasurime, kuri-jiri, omote mei.
hamon: nioi-deki with some nie, gunome-midare with occasional togari, some sunagashi particularly in lower
portion of blade (nearer machi area) on ura generally less defined.
boshi: on the omote is notare-komi, ko-maru with kaeri (hinting at Jizo-boshi), similar on ura but with hakikake
kitae: jihada of rather loose itame-gokoro with some mokume, becoming masame near the mune;
[Mino-to: p.85, 137; 212]
(To-ken Society of Great Britain with permission of Clive Sinclaire)
this tosho also used some longer mei
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