Lot #4308
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Lot 4309: Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife

Attractive Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife in Aikuchi Pattern Fittings

Auction Date: October 6, 2022

Lot 4309: Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife

Attractive Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife in Aikuchi Pattern Fittings

Auction Date: October 6, 2022

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,500
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Attractive Signed Tanto Length Japanese Knife in Aikuchi Pattern Fittings

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13 1/2" OAL, 9" blade showing a very strong, very straight hamon, attractive and vivid grain, a set of asymmetrical bo-hi grooves on the sides (wider and deeper on the right) and a silver finished two-piece habaki. Both the hilt and the saya are finished in fine black lacquer, the former with a silver chrysanthemum themed bolt in lieu of a mekugi and a silver wrap-around ornament engraved with rope patterns, and the saya has red and gold lacquer floral patterns, rope motifs, and a silver ornament shaped like a pair of chopsticks in the kogatana pocket. The tang is well aged, with a 6-symbol carved signature on the left side and a single mekugi-ana which cuts through the topmost symbol, suggesting a heavily shortened blade. Fine, with some light handling marks, grain splits, and small areas of corrosion on the blade, along with a small nick in the edges about 1 3/4 inches up from the habaki. The furniture shows some light scuffs and handling marks, with a fine aged color to the silver. The tang shows a deep brown antique patina with patches of thick spotting.

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