Friday, 23 November 2012
Japanese Vintage Knife by Ishido Hideo
A year ago I bought this Kiridashi knife from from an American who bought it direct from Hideos widow and her son Yoshitaka, the current Teruhide.
Here is the Ishido lineage http://thejapanblade.com/ishido_line.htm
I also have a small kanna by Ishido Hideo and a 70mm kanna by his father TeruhideSeiichi from the 1940-50's, more of those on another day.
The blade is signed Ishedo Teruhide, done by hand rather than with a stamp.
The blade is made of Blue Swedish steel and the body is old wrought iron. The knife is a large size, 8 3/16" x 1" wide and the cutting edge is 2 1/8" long.
The other side is marked HAKU REN (one hundred hits) referring to the making method.
The box is marked O KOGATANA (hand knife) and has the red Ishido seal on the end.
Although a few years old the knife has not been used and I'm afraid it will stay that way under my ownership.