Ordering number: 16230
Wakizashi in Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Bicchu Koku Mizuta Ju Kunishige Saku
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 31.2 cm or 12.28 inches.
Sori : 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.87 cm or 1.12 inches.
Kasane : 0.56 cm or 0.22 inches.
The weight of the sword 225 grams.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era
Shape : The blade is wide and little thick with Sakizori.
Jigane : Itme hada and partially ohada with jinie attach.
Hamon : Niedeki with deep nioikuchi gunomemidare,
It is similar to Touranba.
Special feature: There are several stories about Kunishige.
Kunishige is thought to have been in late Muromachi period.
There are some such as Mizuta Ooyogo Kunishige,
Ootsuki Yogoro Kunishige, Yamashiro Daijyo Kunishige and so on.
Generally Mizuta school made active hamon with thick nioikuchi.
There are many sunagashi and kinsuji, and it is rustic.
Tsuba : Shakudo Tsuba.
Fuchikashira : Iron, dragon is engraved with gold.
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Menuki : Tiger is engraved with gold color.
Kozuka : Shakudo Nanako, a story is engraved with gold color.
Kogatana : Signature: Tsuda Echien Kami Sukehiro.
From Aoi Art: Bicchu Koku Mizuta Ju Kunishige’s blades are a cleaver representation of idyllic beauty.
This blade has nice large Gunome Midare.
It looks like Doranba style.
NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.