於江戸清人造之
Ni Oite Edo Kiyondo Kore O Tsukuru
Kiyomaru School Tanto
SCHOOL Kiyomaru Mon
PERIOD Shin-shinto, Dated February of 1865
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK HOZON  
MEI Omote:"Ni Oite Edo Kiyondo Kore O Tsukuru"
Ura:"Genji Ni Nen Ni Gatsu Hi  
TOKOTAIKAN RANKING 4 Million Yen  
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku  
FORM Tanto
NAGASA 26.2cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Uchi-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT n/a
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 8mm
MOTOHABA 2.7 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kuri jiri  
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Sujikai



Hamon :   Nie-deki suguha with shallow notare and ko-gunome. The nioiguchi is bright. Kuchigaiba and nijuba can be seen in several areas and there are ko-ashi.

Boshi :   Pointed ko-maru that becomes kaen in style. Nijuba can be seen in the boshi and there is nie hataraki. Medium return.

Kitae :   Ko-itame tending toward masame near the ha. There is utsuri. Ji-nie and chikei are present.

About this sword :   This is a tanto by Saito Kiyondo, one of the highly regarded students of Kiyomaru. Works of this school are among the most difficult to obtain. Kiyomaru is considered the most talented smith of shin-shinto by many authors. Additionally, his skill level is seen as equal to shinto masters like Kotetsu, Shinkai etc.. His students include master smiths such as Kurihara Nobuhide, Suzuki Masao, Yamaura Masao (or Saneo), Kanetora and the maker of this tanto, Saito Kiyondo. All of these smiths have a high reputation for the cutting power, durability and excellent quality of their works.

Kiyondo was born in Dewa in 1827. He was adopted by the Saito family, who were blacksmiths that made agricultural tools. In 1852 he went to Edo and became Kiyomaru's student. It is said that despite the suicide of the Kiyomaru in 1854, Kiyondo was able to learn the essential techniques from his master in that time. In 1858 he was retained by the Sakai family - the daimyo of Shonai in Dewa, but worked from Edo. In 1867, he was given the title of Buzen no Kami and soon after returned home to Dewa. He worked again in Edo from 1870 until the sword ban of 1876. He went again to Dewa at this time, never to return to Edo. He worked in the hotel business with his father-in-law until he passed away in 1901.

When Kiyomaru took his own life, there were 30 outstanding orders that had not been filled. Kiyomaru took on the orders to fulfill his maters obligations. Needles to say, Kiyondo is regarded in history as being a man of high character. We can sometimes feel the nature of a smith in his work - an aspect of appreciation that is enchanting.

This tanto has an umegane. This is a small inlaid piece of steel used to repair damage in a blade. Please see the close up photo below to view the umegane. This blade is in old polish. The quality of the polish is good. There are some surface scratches and minor blemishes. There are some small kitae ware as shown in the photos and mune ware. This Kiyondo comes with a shakudo habaki, shira-saya, storage bag and its NBTHK Hozon paper. A rare opportunity to acquire a Saito Kiyondo tanto.

Price: $4500





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