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 nice condition and is a nice entry level piece.

The Koshirae is nice, with Ebi (shrimp/lobster) fuchi/kashira and kojiri.  Tusba depicts the classic Tiger in bamboo. Menuki are shishi. The tsuka is wrapped with leather ito which looks to have been done in the last decade or so. 

A very nice, Koto period wakizashi in koshirae.

 

SOLD  

 

PURCHASE / INQUIRIES

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. Hamon looks to be very close to the edge in the boshi and while not 100% I am fairly confident it is still there. Guaranteed genuine and with nothing detrimental to it's enjoyment. 

*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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