Japanese Tanto in Shirasaya with NBTHK Hozon made by Hideaki Saku Japanese WWII battleship Mikasa (Sold)


Japanese Tanto in Shirasaya with NBTHK Hozon Paper made by Hideaki Saku (Horii Toshihide) Japanese WWII battleship Mikasa
Very Rare Tanto in Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Paper) Signature Hideaki Saku (Horii Toshihide)
Hideaki is one of the most famous Showa swordsmiths.
Habaki copper single habaki with gold color.
Blade length 22.7 cm or 8.93 inch. Width at Hamachi 2.1 cm or 0.82 inch
Kasane 0.54 cm or 0.21 inch Shape The knife is Normal size
Jigane Koitame Hada Well mixed grainy with jinie attach and masame hada
Hamon Niedeki suguha midare and round bo-shi.
Special feature: “Hideaki” is the name before Toshihide Horii changed the name
Horii Toshihide was a son of the Taneaki, born in Meiji, 19th Shiga prefecture.
This knife was named as Mikasa
during the Japan-Russo war, a flagship under the command of Captain Heihachiro Togo,
was attacked by a Russian warship and the gun was badly damaged.
At the end of the war, the Japanese naval officer decided to make many swords
from the damaged cannon and asked for Horii Toshihede (Hideaki).
He accepted the Navy’s request and became an officer
made about 1000 swords from the cannon.
These tanto and swords were sold to navy and army officers,
royal families as a reminder of the victory of the war.
Before these swords were sold in the dealer’s market
but recently it has become very difficult to search for and many collectors keep
this kind of sword as a good reminder.
This Tanto will be a good investment in the future.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Tanto: May: Hideaki Saku (Hori Hideaki) Mikasa 22.7cm
After the appraisal, this sword was judged as Hozon Token. August 28th, 2020
The Sayagaki says that ,
“This sword was made by iron of warship Mikasa. During the Russo-Japanese war,
the Mikasa warship was attacked by a Russian warship and blasted. After the war,
many swordsmiths have used the iron of the warship to make about 1000 swords and present those to Armies and Navies.
This sword is one the genuine Mikasa swords made by Horii Hideaki”
The story of this sword forged from the Mikasa’s Gun Steel./To serve as a memorial, this sword was forged for the use of naval officers by sword maker HIDEAKI MINAMOTO, from part of the barrel of the turret’s right 12″ gun of the MIKASA, which was damaged by an enemy shell, during the battle of the Yellow Sea, on August 10, 1904, during the Russo-Japanese War.