Japanese Shinshinto Period Tanto with Goma
Likely Mino School Shinshinto Tanto with Goma Bashi in good condition;
A 26.7 cm blade with 17.8 cm cutting edge, excluding habaki; this
being made of textured copper and with the mounting type / style
indicates the tanto was made for a higher ranked Samurai. Indistinct
Suga ha hamon, in need of a polish to bring out it's full potential;
I am able to provide details of a very good polisher in the UK (approximate
cost 150 GBP). The blade tip is slightly stubbed, as if the tanto
had stabbed something hard; this is not so noticeable and should
come out with a polish. One menuki is missing, the other I have
removed and left detached so the mekugi peg can be removed / the
blade be removed from the tsuka / hilt / grip. A little patination
to some areas of the blade. A couple of small forging flaws to the
tang; none visible on the blade. Series of five tang file marks
indicates Mino School.
Further / full sized pictures available upon request.