WAKIZASHI

CHIGOSASHI - BOY'S DAY SWORD

KUNIHIRA c. 1865

NTHK PAPERS

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KUNIHIRA

DATE:  NONE

NAGASA: 46.67cm (18.375")

OVERALL: 59.05cm (23.25")

MIHABA: 2.22cm (0.875")

KASANE: 0.48cm (0.1875")

SORI: 1.27cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME:  SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA:  ITAME

HAMON:  SUGUHA

BOSHI: KO_MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  ONE PIECE SILVER

SHIRASAYA

Nice wakizashi, which due to it's diminutive size, is most likely a "Chigosashi" or boys day sword. This sword is signed and was papered to "Kunihira" by the NTHK.  While they did not specify a particular Kunihira smith, they did date the time period to 慶応 Keio 1865.  Hawleys list approximately 25 Kunihira smiths, but only two working in that time period.  One is listed as working in Yamashiro the other Kaga.  As there were several generations of the Kaga/Kashu smith I would think it most likely this one they were pointing to.

The sword is in very good recent polish as shown in the photos.  There are a few small areas of loose grain or kitte ware, but nothing detrimental nor anything which prevented the sword from receiving papers.  The sword exhibits a very nice Itame hada for a shinshinto sword.  The Hamon is Suguha . There is chikei, sunagashi, ji-nie, overall a very nice wakizashi.

Heck of a deal for a polished wakizashi, with NTHK papers and a new shirasaya by John Tirado.

 

$1200 plus S/H  

 

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