WAKIZASHI

AIZU  KUNISADA

CHUSAKU

WAZAMONO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KAWACHI NO KAMI KUNISADA

DATE: MANJI SAN NEN NI GATSU BI

NAGASA: 39.37cm (15.5")

OVERALL: 57.27cm (20.18")

MIHABA: 0.396cm (0.156")

KASANE: 0.476cm (0.1875")

SORI: 1.11cm (0.43")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: KATTE SAGARI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-ITAME

HAMON: NOTARE

BOSHI: KO_MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: WOOD

SHIRASAYA

The Aizu Kunisada lineage existed for only two generations.  The first generation worked around Kanei 1624-1644 and the nidai worked around Kanbun 1661-1673. 

This particular sword is dated Manji san nen ni gatsu bi, placing it date of manufacture at February, 1660.

The Shodai Aizu Kunisada was the younger brother of the 5th generation Kanesada. Their linage derived from the Aizu Kanesada school which was begun by the 3rd generation Kanesada, son of the famous Mino Kanesada.  Records show that this 3rd generation Mino Kanesada moved to the Aizu area of northern Oshu around 1556.  While their lords changed several times these smiths remained in the Aizu area until the end of the Edo period and the Kanesada school spanned approximately eleven generations.

Though this sword has never been to shinsa, it does have a letter attached written by then head of the NBTHK, Michihiro Tanabe.  You can read it for yourself, but it states that there is no question the the mei is legitimate and that being dated makes it an important study piece.  As such I would be willing to guarantee Hozon papers if submitted to the next NBTHK Shinsa following purchase.

This sword seems a must have for anyone who studies or collects the swordsmith's of Aizu.

 

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