WAKIZASHI

CUSTOM OWNER INSCRIPTION

SHIRASAYA / KOSHIRAE

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: 
MABUCHI-SHI TOROMICHI KEN  (Mr. Mabuchi owned this sword)

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 50.323cm (19.8125")

OVERALL: 61.59cm (24.25")

MIHABA: 3.01625cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.635cm (0.25")

SORI: 0.794cm (0.3125")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-ITAME / MASAME

HAMON: NOTARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER FOIL

SHIRASAYA / KOSHIRAE

 

WAKIZASHI

CUSTOM OWNER INSCRIPTION

This Wakizashi bears a custom owners inscription located on the Nakago, ie; "Mabuchi-shi Torimichi Ken" or "Mr. Mabuchi owned this sword".  The sword was polished fairly recently and is a good example of the risks involved when sending a sword to polish. During the polishing process a small opening or blister (4.7 mm) presented itself on the ura side in what was an otherwise flawless sword. On a positive note the remainder of the sword is quite lovely with lots of activity seen in the hamon, and the price is reduced accordingly. The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana and signed as above.  The Hada is a tight ko-itame with a slightly coarse masame in the shinogi. This is evident in the reflections of light seen in the photos. Please note that this is not conspicuous in hand.  The Hamon is a gentle notare with thick bright nioi with clouds of ko-nie scattered throughout. There are areas of ara-nie sprinkled within the hamon as well as the ji. The kissaki is chu and the boshi is ko-maru with medium turn back.  The shirasaya is newly made by John Tirado and has a buffalo horn mekugi ana.

The sword comes with a Koshirae as well as a new shirasaya.  The Tsuka is intact and in good condition. The Tsuba is nice but has a very slight dent to the mimi at the ten o'clock position. This can easily be corrected but I will leave that to the new owner.  The saya is a train wreck but repairable.  Both the kurikata and the koiguchi are missing and the saya is coming loose at the seams with electrical tape holding it together.  This may sound like a lot but really is a easy fix for the do it yourselfer. Split, clean and re-glue the saya. Either replace the kurikata/koiguchi or fill the spaces with wood putty, sand it all down and re-do the finish, viola like new.  The koshirae has a new wooden tsunagi blade and habaki by John Tirado for displaying the koshirae.

There is a surrender tag with this sword which translates to:

Side one: Isshinkai Chonaikai (neighborhood association) / Shimizu Eizo

Side Two: Gifu-ken, Fuwa-gun, Tarui-cho 1161 / Shimizu Eizo (owners name & address)

My loss is your gain, and this would make an excellent choice for someone on a limited budget. Aside form the one tiny 4.7mm opening it is a very nice sword and it comes with new shirasaya and koshirae.  The initial cost of the sword, cost of polish, new shirasaya, new tsunagi and habaki for koshirae puts the total invested in this sword at $2200.

I am offering this sword and koshirae for the bargain basement price of.

 

SOLD

 

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