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K33. Wakizashi Papered to Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi

$1,750 + Shipping & Insurance

K33.  Mumei wakizashi with NBTHK Hozon (2016) to Tamba no Kami Yoshimichi, Mid Edo.

Nagasa:  18 3/16"  46.2 cm.

Sori:  1.1 cm.

Moto haba:  3.1 cm.

Moto kasane:  .75 cm.

Saki haba:  2.1 cm.

Saki kasane:  .5 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  5 3/8"  13.6 cm.

Overall in shira-saya:  27 3/4"  70.8 cm.

A former owner of this sword gives it to Sandai (3rd) Osaka Tamba and I see no reason to quibble with his call.  Tight ko-itame hada.  The hamon starts straight (yaki dashi) and quickly becomes the classic for the group sudare ba (bamboo slat curtain), quite elaborate and covered in ko-nie.  The boshi is ko-maru with tamaba (pearl shape) on both sides.  There is one small pit, 2 tiny pits, and one instance of coarse grain on the shinogi and a short, tight ware' above the habaki and above the hamon on the ura; otherwise the blade is flawless.  This is in a good quality polish that has not been messed with, with a copper habaki, and in very good shira-saya made of darker than usual ho wood (nice touch).  2 pounds.  $1,750.

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