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Japanese Wakisashi with Very Early Blade, 14th C and Later
The blade is made from a late Kamakura era naginata modified with a later forge-welded tang to be adapted as a wakisashi. During this time (14th C) the sword was secondary in use to the bow and the naginata. We are not experts in Japanese swords (it takes a lifetime of study to become one), so please forgive our errors in terminology. However, this sword has been judged by an expert in Japan to have the blade of a Kamakura Period (1185-1332) naginata. The blade is not in polish, but is still smooth and very sharp, with its sugu hamon (straight temper line) visible. 3 ½" horimono (fuller) on each side. There is a small nick in the edge from a blade strike approximately 5" from the tip. Some open grain is visible, primarily on one side. The koshirae (mounts) are old and of good quality with a round iron tsuba stippled with small starbursts. Iron fuchi (collar) and kashira (pommel cap) appear to be matching and feature geometric decoration and remains of gold. Quality bronze(?) dragon menuki with dark patina and remnants of gold. Plain copper habaki (blade collar) and seppa (spacers). Saya (scabbard) of brown lacquered wood with chiseled iron kojiri (end cap) with remains of gold; copper kozuka (side knife) with gold decoration. Blade length from kissaki (point) to mune-machi (back notch at habaki) is 17 3/4"; overall 23 1/4" to end of nakago (tang). Very early blade, nicely assembled with old samurai mounts, appearing to have been together a long time. Possibly worth far more than we are asking.
ES1139 $1995 SOLD
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