KANEMOTO (sandai?) late Mino (K76): tanto

KANEMOTO, late koto period;

mei: “Kanemoto”.
sugata: tanto hira-zukuri, slight uchi-zori, iori-mune.
nagasa: 21.8 cm; width at hamachi 2.01 cm, thickness at hamachi (kasane) 0.41 cm.
nakago: ubu, flattish ha-agiri kurijiri tip, 2 mekugi-ana, ni-ji mei, yasurime is higaki.
hamon: nie-deki, gunome based midare and togari, with sunagashi in ha.
boshi: rounded jizo with medium-long kaeri.
kitae: jitetsu is very tight ko-itame hada with flowing masame, and much jinie.
[Mino-to p. 32, 34, 58, 109/179, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 225, 257]
(oshigata from Aoi Art; NBTHK Hozon Token)
Small tanto late Muromachi around Genki period (1570+), which has features of sandai Kanemoto (hamon and mei) but not confirmed. Blade has numerous polishes and lost width of ha; original hamon was quite wide.

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