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K57. Wakizashi Signed Fujiwara Noriyuki with Koshirae & Hozon Paper

$1,850 + Shipping & Insurance

K57.  Wakizashi signed Fujiwara Noriyuki and papered by the NBTHK (Hozon 2016, attesting to the signature and adding Takada).

Nagasa:  20 3/8"  51.8 cm.

Sori:  1.4 cm.

Moto haba:  3.1 cm.

Moto kasane:  .6 cm.

Saki haba:  2 cm.

Saki kasane:  .45 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  5 1/16"  12.7 cm.

Overall in shira-saya:  29 1/8"  74.5 cm.

Overall koshirae:  29 1/2"  75 cm.

Ko-itame hada with fine ji-nie and flawless.  There is a diverse hamon: gumone midare, areas of suguba separated by peaked elements, sunagashi, hotsure, and even one instance of koi guchi gaiba, all of which is covered in very bright ko-nie.  The boshi is niju on the omote, both sides ending in a swept ko maru and a short kaeri.  Mounted with a double gold & silver foil habaki and a well made shira-saya.

This blade is accompianied with koshirae.  The saya is black lacquer with horn koi guchi, kurikata, and kojiri, all in excellent condition.  The tsuba is iron sukashi (birds I believe) with a disappointing patina.  The fuchi kashira are much better: shibuichi with shakudo birds and gold rain and net.  The menuki appear to be turnips of patinated copper.  The tsuka-ito is in great condition.

All in all a nice set.  2 pounds, 7 ounces.  $1,850.

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