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Uda Hirakuni Tanto
An ubu, mumei, hirazukure tanto attributed to Uda Hirakuni. Hawatare: 9 sun (27.27 cm / 10.737"). Motohaba: 2.36 cm. Kasane: 5.3 mm. Echigo province. The hamon is notare midare in konie. There is an area of doubling, kinsuji, nado. The hada is a mokume nagare with masame along the ha and shinogi. The hada had has a rough appearance, there are chikei, nado. Mounted in shirasaya with a good red copper habaki with nekogaki.
There are four generations listed in the Meikan: Eikyo (1429-1441); Meio (1492-1501); Bunki (1501-1504); Tenmon (1532-1555); and Tensho (1573-1592). The best of whom is listed with a double circle, Meio (1492-1501). Another smith is pictured in Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, Bunki (1501-1504), as Chujosaku. Toko Taikan rates the first two generations as 4,000,000 yen; 3,500,000 yen; and the fourth 3,000,000 yen. Without acknowledging the Bunki smith, as the third generation, and neither he nor Tensho smith are rated.
NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho
Nihon Toko Jiten - Koto Hen, page 518
Toko Taikan - page 535