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It is very rare to see a tanto (small short sword) made during the Heian period.  Middle Kamakura period, a large number of wonderful tanto were made.  They were called takenoko-zori shape.  Takenoko means bamboo shoot.  The back of the dagger curves inward slightly.

13 Middle Kamakura Period Tanto

Sugata (shape)———-Hirazukuri , it means no shinogi, no yokote line, as you see above illustration.  Standard tanto size is about 10 inches.  The width is not too wide not too narrow.  The Body is slightly thick.  High Gyo-no-mune (行の棟) and Shin-no-mune (真の棟)

13 Mune drawing

Hamon (刃文) —————- Tempered area is narrow.  Nioi base.  Irregular straight line(suguha midare) or straight line with small choji (suguha-choji).  Tempered edge line may show a frayed look.

Boshi(tempered line at Kissaki area) ———Yakizume.   Kaen.   Niekuzure

13 Hamon and Hi

Engravings (彫刻 ) ———- Often different kinds of engravings are done at the lower part of the body of Tanto.  They are groove (double or single), Sanskrit, spear(Suken), dragon, etc,.  For Sanskrit and spear, look at the illustration inside Chapter 9.

13 Hamon and Hi

Tanto Swords Smiths during Middle Kamakura Period

Awataguchi group(粟田口)—————————-Awataguchi Yoshimitu (粟田口吉光 )  Rai group (来) ————————————————————Rai Kunitoshi(来国俊)      Soushu Group  (相州) —————————————-Shintougo Kunimitu (新藤五国光)   Bizen group (備前) ——————————————————– Bien Kagemitu (備前景光) Bungo no Kuni Group (豊後の国) ———————-Bungo-no-kuni Yukihira (豊後の国行平)

2 thoughts on “13|Tanto ( 短刀) Middle Kamakura Period

  1. YURIE-SAN;

    congratulations! You started a very good work which will be helpful for many collectors! Did you ever think of publishing this in book form? Then a review of a native English speaker might be helpful. Also, some terms should be looked upon more closely. An example:
    13|Tanto (dagger 短刀) Middle Kamakura Period

    Dagger always have two cutting edges, so ‘fighting knife’ might be more appropriate as translation for TANTO.

    Kind regards, from Germany,

    Jean Collin

    P.S. I am a longtime collector of TSUBA and a fewJapanese blades. My profession is classic blade smith and experimental archaeologist.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment. I really appreciate it. Sorry to be late to answer to your comment.
      In the beginning, I was hoping someday I can publish in book form, but I am losing the confidence. When I read back my old chapter, I am not sure if it is worth continue writing. But I came this far, I will continue to the end. I am looking into somebody who does edit in good English. Thank you very much for your comment.
      Yurie

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