Antique Japanese hira-zukuri koto o-tanto. The blade was forged by one of the swordsmiths Kunimitsu in the Muromachi period (1333–1573) and is and signed "Kunitmitsu". The blade has good old polish and has fine scratches, "itame hada" , "suguha/gunome" hamon with deep temper in the point, "ubo nakago" (not shortened). The blade has no chips or bends and the "cutting edge" is very sharp. Length nagasa (cutting edge): 29.4 cm, "motogasane": 0.5 cm, "motohaba": 2.6 cm, sori: 0.3 cm, total length in shirasaya: 49 cm. Insured shipping (Russia and China are excluded).
I have tried to describe the condition of this item, including any defects, as accurately as possible. I have added many photos of the item, so please make your assessment based on the photos. The sword stand is not included in the auction.
We have tried to verify the signature as good as possible, the signature on the sword is not verified because there is no NBTHK or NTHK origami (certification paper) present with the sword.
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- Muromachi period (1333-1573)
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- Japanese hira zukuri o-tanto, signed
- Good condition, see description
- 0×0×29 cm