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S141. Papered Wakizashi signed Kozuke no Kami Kanesada, Namban Tetsu

$1,775 + Shipping & Insurance

S141.  Wakizashi signed Kozuke no Kami Kanesada and on the ura: Motte Namban Tetsu Kore wo Saku (made with Southern Barbarian (foreign) steel).

Nagasa:  22 3/4"  57.7 cm.

Sori:  1.6 cm.

Moto haba:  3 cm.

Moto kasane:  .6 cm.

Saki haba:  1.9 cm.

Saki kasane:  .4 cm.

Nakago nagasa:  6"  15.3 cm.

Overall in shira-saya:  34"  86 cm.

Shinogi zukuri, iore mune, chu kissaki, koshi zori, very slightly machi okuri, otherwise ubu 1 hole.  The hada is a tight ko-itame.  The hamon is a notare with o-choji (reaching nearly to the shinogi), all with strong sunagashi that, for the most part, closes off the bottoms of the choji, frequent ashi, and yo.  The hamon is a bright and consistent nioi guchi covered in sparkling ko-nie.  The boshi is gentle notare with o-maru and a short kaeri.  There are a ware' in the shinogi-ji of the omote, right above the habaki (see my picture with the red O) and a couple pinprick pits to mention; otherwise the blade is flawless and in polish.  It is mounted with a shakudo habaki and in well made shira-saya in fine condition (on one side of the shira-saya there is a faint stain from a label and on the other side a former owner's name is hot stamped).  There are 2 papers from the NBTHK: Kicho dated 1966 and Tokubetsu Kicho dated 1974.

Kozuke no Kami Kanesada is listed as having worked in Echizen Province in the 2nd half of the 17th century; he had also the Kazusa no Kami title.  He is listed in the book Keiho Kenjaku by Yamada Asaemon (official sword testing family) as a smith with Wazamono or better rating.  Very nice wakizashi at a reasonable price; I think you'll be pleased.  2 pounds, 2 ounces.  $1,775.

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