Q424. Wakazashi Papered to Kishu Yasuhiro
Q424. Mumei wakizashi with NTHK paper to Kishu Yasuhiro.
Nagasa: 17 1/2″ 44.5 cm.
Sori: 1.2 cm.
Moto haba: 3 cm.
Moto kasane: .7 cm.
Saki haba: 2.1 cm.
Saki kasane: .4 cm.
Nakago nagasa: 5 1/4″ 13.3 cm.
Overall in shirasaya: 25 1/2″ 64.5 cm.
Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, chu kissaki, koshi zori, The hada is itame with mokume. The hamon is wide, variations of choji including hako choji, with sunagashi and ashi, in a bright nioi guchi covered in fine ko nie. The boshi is complex, strongly swept in a ko-maru with a medium kaeri. I see one pin prick pit and no other of anything I would call a defect. The blade is in polish with 4 or 5 small dark stains. My pictures, which cover every inch of the blade, will show these. This sword is mounted with a double copper habaki and in quality shirasaya in excellent condition.
The paper specifies Kyoho for the date: 1716, which would make this one of the generations of Bitchu no Kami Yasuhiro working in Settsu Province. Nice sword. 1 pound, 11 ounces. $1,450.