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K74. Hira Zukuri Wakizashi with Paper to Echizen Harima Daijo Shigetaka

$2,750 + Shipping & Insurance

K74.  Wakizashi with fine horimono, mumei and papered by the NTHK in 1979 to Den Harima Daijo Shigetaka.

Nagasa:  15 9/16"  39.4 cm.

Sori:  .9 cm.

Moto haba:  3.2 cm.

Moto kasane:  .75 cm.

Saki kasane:  .5 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  4 15/16"  12.5 cm.

Overall in shira-saya:  24 1/8"  61 cm.

Hira zukuri, iore mune.  The hada is ko-mokume with fine masame.  The hamon is based on suguba with shallow gunome and ko-choji: nioi guchi covered in very fine ko-nie.  The boshi is tending towards jizo on the omote and is chu-maru on the ura, with a medium kaeri.

The horimono on the omote is gomabashi bi and bonji, and on the ura a ken with dragon.  Other than for one tiny incidence of loose grain the blade is flawless and other than for a few faint scratches the polish is intact.  The blade comes mounted in shira-saya with a wood habaki.

There were 3 generations of Shigetaka working in Echizen in the 17th century.  I see no reason to quibble with the shinsa results; this sword fits well with Echizen in early Shinto.  Nice piece.  1 pound, 8 ounces.  $2,750.

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