Koyama Munehira was the older brother of the famous smith Shinshinto Koyama Munetsugu. He worked around Bunsei period (1818) and like his brother he was a very versatile smith, including some works in the gunome-choji that Munetsugu is famous for. This is an excellent special order shinshinto tanto by Munehira, with the name of the individual who ordered it and I believe the additional inscription indicates it was forged at Ichinomiya. Nagasa is 22.7cm. The jihada is a fine, flowing itame-hada, with a wet appearance having lots of ji-nie. The hamon is suguha-based in nie-deki. In polish with current NBTHK kanteisho and a fine gold-foil habaki.
一宮午鍛治 – Forged at Ochinomiya
固山宗平作 – Koyama Munehira saku
呈進士氏 – Mr. Shinji
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