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Taira Nagamori


Takenoba wakizashi, signed sanjimei, Taira Nagamori.  Hawatare 1 shaku 8 sun 3 bu 3 rin (55.56 cm / 21.875")  Motohaba:  2.86 cm.   Kasane: 6.5 mm. Takenoba tsukure, mitsumune, bohi & horimono.    Ko-nie deki suguba ko-midare, with wide florid gunome choji midare, deep ashi yo, nado midare below the horimono on both sides.  Tight itame mixed with ko-mokume hada with fine jinie.  There is Rai jigane, or namazu tetsu, characteristics of the Rai and Aoe schools.   So what in a overly polished blade might be considered shintetsu, since this appears to be in its original polish, must be considered an utsuhi of one of these schools.  I would favor Rai.  Rated Josaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, Fujishiro. Valued at 4, 500,000 yen in Toko Taikan, by Tokuno.  Extensively illustrated in multiple reference books.  NTHK-NPO rated at 77 points, three below their equivalent to juyo rate.

Taira Nagamori was active around Eisho (February 1504 - August 1521).  As of 2000, there was one sword rated Juyo Token. 

In shirasaya.  The missing $1,500 gold foil habaki has been recovered, so the price has been increased by $600.                                                                           $10,100



Itame mixed with ko-mokume hada with fine jinie.  Rai jigane, or namazu hada.



Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen



Toko Taikan



Nihonto Zuikan



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