This O-wakizashi short sword is in new polish without any kizu or flaws and is from the middle of the Muromachi Era and is a longer length wakizashi. My friend and 7th generation
"togishi" sword polisher , Mr. Yoshisada Abe san of Morioka, Japan referred to this blade as a "treasure" of the Nanbu Clan Samurai. This sword is attributed to the sword smith Kanesaki from the Mino area of Japan which was known as "Seki " and was heavily involved in the production of samurai swords during this warring Muromachi Era between 1336-1573 A.D. and even through WWII as evidenced by the Seki Arsenal. Its origins of its making dates back to around 500 years ago as it is of the Nanbu Clan of Samurai. This wakizashi is a wonderful example of the "Kyo go-kaji" also known as the "Five Excellent smiths of Kyoto" dating back all the way to the Mishina School of Swordsmiths who lived in Seki and Mino Provinces before branching out to Kyoto. Sword length is 54.3 cm , with Bo-hi groove down both sides of the blade, and a sori /curvature of 1.3 cm, and one (1) Mekugi Ana/ rivet hole for mounting in the tang which is "Ubu" meaning unaltered and in its original condition. The gold habaki sword collar is of an elegant design. The saya has a slot for a kozuka/kogatana side utility knife. The license registration number is # 1013 from , Iwate Prefecture in Morioka, Japan (one of the very earliest registered blades based on this low number). The hamon pattern is highly sought after and is an aesthetically pleasing togari gunome hamon tempering pattern resembling a stand of three cedar trees known as "san-bon-sugi" . The jihada steel surface grain pattern is a mixture of masame (Wood) and Asaygui ( Burl). This treasure blade comes with a custom made sleeping scabbard known as a shirasaya made from white magnolia wood known for its properties of not retaining moisture.
The unique and elegant saya koshirae is from the Edo period and is of a " Pine needle in Brown Lacquer design." The Menuki handle ornaments are slightly older than the Edo period with the Fuchi/ Kashira having been made by reknowned kodogu metal worker "Syouzui Hamano" who signed his work on this handle pommel cap and tsuka sword collar. It is made of an alloy of copper and gold (shakudo) . The black silk tsuka maki handle wrap complements the dark shakudo metal handle ornament menuki of the "Carp" that is celebrated in the custom of a standing Carp streamer when a son was born a long time ago , people believed the Carp will be able to change into a flying dragon if he never gives up which is near the meaning of Boys' Day to be ambitious . The Fuchi / Kashira illustrates a finely detailed pair of wild goose that are flying under the full moon light , with the female goose being protected by the male goose's wing . The kodogu maker of this Fuchi- Kashira set was known by the name Syouzui Hamano, who a very famous metal kodogu worker from the middle of the Edo period. Upon first examination the one wild goose appears to be sleeping by the grassy shore , but NO! Rather the goose's eye is opening as it keeps a vigilant watch out known as " Zanshin" or "Awareness of one's surroundings". The iron Tsuba sword guard is also from the , Edo period and is an open work of big waves (Nami) . The overall interpretation in studying this magnificent unaltered blade and its amazingly preserved Edo period koshirae saya mounts and fittings is that I think the previous sword owner had been teaching others how to live the ideals of being a Samurai , and pass on this "Budo" spirit to the next generation. For the serious sword collector it is the complete package. Please contact me if you are interested in viewing or acquiring this Muromachi Era Wakizashi in Edo period Koshirae saya and kodogu mounting and fittings. You could be the new future custodian for this amazing piece of Japanese history.
If you are new to Nihonto, traditionally made Japanese blades, I am happy to explain the care and maintenance for this wakizashi short sword. I can also provide you a free "starter and maintenance kit". This sword can be delivered and shown to Kadena AB, Foster, and Courtney Bases or other areas upon request. A great memory and piece of history to own as your "family blade" . Cheers, Hamaki
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