NOTE THE CONSISTENT THICKNESS AS NAKAGO TRANSITIONS TO BLADE.

 

 

ACCURATE COLOR

 

 

 

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WAKAZASHI IN KOSHIRAE

SADANORI c. 1673

STUDENT OF INOUE SHINKAI

JOSAKU / WAZAMONO

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KAGA NO KAMI SADANORI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 50.8cm (20")

OVERALL: 65.72cm (25.875")

MIHABA: 3.18cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.794cm (0.3125")

SORI: 1.27cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO MOKUME

HAMON: MIDARE, OSAKA YAKADASHI

BOSHI: OMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: BO-HI

HORIMONO URA: BO-HI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER FOIL

KOSHIRAE

WAKAZASHI IN KOSHIRAE

SADANORI c. 1673

JOSAKU / WAZAMONO

Wakizashi by Kaga no Kami Sadanori.  Sadanori was a student of the famous Inoue Shinkai.  His common name was Sukeuemon and he was originally from Higo.  After receiving the the title "Kaga no Kami" he was employed by the Lord of Naito and resided in Iwaki.  His works resemble his teaher Shinkai, and span from Enpo to Hoei with one example dated Kyoho Ninen, so his work extends to this time.

Works by Sadanori are rated Josaku by Fujishiro for their quality and Wazamono for their sharpness in the book, "Kokin Kaji Bikosen" by Yamada Asauemon Yoshichika.  To be listed in Fujishiro's indicates way above average, and to be rated by both of these authorities is an indication of both quality and sharpness.

This blade is in need of a polish as can be seen in the photos.  The good news is that not only is it a very well rated smith, but the blade is extremely healthy and will take a polish without problem (see photo above showing consistent thickness from nakago as it transitions into the blade). The blade is thick, wide and meaty (see measurements above).  There is too much surface crud to make out a lot of activities which may be evident after polish, but a little hada can be seen and the hamon is clearly evident in hand, though I could not seem to get a photo which showed it.  There is no deep pitting or deep corrosion, it is all just on the surface.

The Koshirae is Handachi style and intact.  The tsuba is iron, the menuki are shakudo, the kurigata and aragawara are either horn or lacquered wood.  The rest of the fittings are all matching shibuichi.  There is minor damage to the saya lacquer as would be expected, otherwise the koshirae is very nice. 

Update: I forgot to mention the kozuka/kogatana.  Both are tsunagi, the blade being metal and the kozuka being wood.

In polish this wakizashi would be a knockout.

 

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