Kanemoto late koto: sunobi tanto

KANEMOTO, late koto period;

mei: “Kanemoto”;
sugata: wide sunobi tanto with strong sori; hira-zukuri,iori-mune.; moto-haba 3.15 cm, kasane 0.55 cm;
nagasa: 35.8 cm, sori 1.1 cm;
nakago: suriage, 2 mekugi-ana (one filled), okuri-machi;
hamon: gunome midare with togariba in nie-deki, with thick nie; starting to show the sanbonsugi pattern of hamon;
boshi: sharp ko-maru with short kaeri;
horimono: wide groove bo-hi on each side;
kitae: ji-tetsu is itame hada with good grain, much ji-nie, and chikei in ji;
[Mino-to p.58 & 179; Supplement p. 21,22 & 25]
(oshigata from Aoi Art, Tokyo)
This strong looking blade with wide mihaba is of the later period of koto Mino, around Eiroku era (1560).
Its length is wakizashi but the blade style is better called otanto or sunobi (stretched) tanto.
It is signed Kanemoto but is not Magoruku Kanemoto (nidai), but is a later generation, possibly sandai Kanemoto.

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