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Tanto signed nijimei, Shigehiro. Hirazukure, iroi mune, ubu nakago. Hawatare: 6 sun 9 bu 2 rin (20.96 cm / 8.25"). Motohaba: 2.61 cm. Kasane: 5.4 cm. Tempered in fine konie, the lower third of the blade tempered in even gunome with fairly pronounced valleys, becoming hiro suguba, with a gradual notare moving toward the point, ending in komaru with a slightly extended kaeri. The sparkling, moist jigane is a tight itame covered in fine konie. In fresh polish, mounted in shirasaya with a silver habaki.
The Shige kanji is a variant, ref. Koop and Inada, Japanese Names and How to Read Them,
Shigehiro was a smith working in Mutsu around Keio (April 1865 - September 1868). Ref. Nihonto Meikan page 418. This has not gone to shinsa. $1,650
Itame and Nie