A tantô. Blade length 31,6 cm, hira zukuri with bôhi on both sides, hamon: gunome-midare with nie, hada: masame-mokume. Nakago: ubu, two mekugi-ana, mei: Kunitsugu, silver plated habaki. Koshirae: Iron tsuba with waves in relief, silver rim, fuchi-kashira of shibuichi with dragon in relief, silver kojiri with tiger and bamboo, kurigata in shape of a wide band of silver and silver kozuka und kôgai engraved with tendrils and waves, menuki: shishi of shakudô. Saya: polished wood. 19th century.
Historically, katana (刀?) were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (日本刀 nihonto?) that were worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan, also commonly referred to as a "samurai sword". The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands. Katana are renowned for sharpness and strength.
An exquisite brown and gold-lacquered aikuchi-mounted tanto with Omori-style fittings chiseled in high relief silver with waves and clouds. Intricately detailed gold-lacquer cranes soar against curling clouds upon the saya (sheath), while sculptural representations of gold and silver turtles and cranes form the menuki and fuchi kashira. The tsuka, (handle) is closely wrapped in baleen, the Shinshinto blade, deeply grooved with bohi.