MUMEI WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE

KOTO PERIOD

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA:  57.47cm (22.625")

OVERALL:  70.33cm (27.69")

MIHABA:  2.54cm (1.00")

KASANE:  0.63cm (0.25")

SORI:  1.27cm (0.5")

NAKAGO:  O-SURIAGE 

MEKUGI ANA:  THREE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: MIDARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI:  1 PC SILVER

KOSHIRAE

Nice offering of a Koto period O-Wakizashi in koshirae.  This wakizashi is mumei with three mekugi ana. Judging from the overall sugata, nakago patina and the elegant Itame hada, I think this piece is clearly Koto.  Of course this is only my opinion and others may have additional opinions.  Ultimately, the way to get the best opinion would be to have the shinsa team have a look at it. 

The sword is still quite long at over 22.5" or 1 shaku, 8 sun 8.6 bu.  Lacking a mere 1.5" of being a katana.  At this length it would be termed an O-Wakizashi.  Though papers are only issued as katana, wakizashi, and tanto.

NOTE: O-Wakizashi - Length of 1 shaku, 7 sun to just under 2 shaku.

The boshi is ko-maru with hakikake.  The hamon is midare, but there are areas which I would call Uma-no-ha or horse tooth midare.  Hada in the ji is a lovely Itame.  There is lots of hatarake or activity seen throughout the blade, such as lots of chikei, sunagashi, hakikake, kinsugi, nioi kuzure, etc. This wakizashi is in excellent condition with no flaws.

The Koshirae is well made,  but with the exception of the tsuba and the menuki, I feel it is not extremely old. The tsuba is definitely an antique with the classic depiction of a tiger in bamboo. The Shishi menuki appear to be old as well. I don't think the f/k are brand new, but not extremely old either   The tsuka is wrapped with leather ito which looks to have been done in the last decade or so.  The F/K, and Kojiri are a Lobster motif.

A very nice, flawless Koto period wakizashi in koshirae.

 

$2500 plus S/H  

 

 

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There are a few very light scuffs and scratches and a few tiny areas of loose grain or kitte ware, but nothing unexpected or of concern for a 400 + year old sword. Guaranteed absolutely nothing detrimental or fatal. 

*Please note that the photos do not do the blade justice, it looks much better in hand. I have provided photos in various lighting and angles in attempt to provide the most accurate representation.  The lighting used is for new and perfectly polished blades. For blades which are not pristine, the camera picks up on and amplifies the smallest, most minute scratch.  Things which are barely discernable to the naked eye become bold in the photos.

 

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