Wakizashi: Mumei(Nobukuni)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering Number: 23215

Wakizashi: In Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Mumei(Unsigned)(judged as Nobukuni, 信国)

At our company, we classify swords into the categories of Jojo-saku (highest quality), Jo-saku (high quality), Chujo-saku (above-average quality), and Futsujo-saku (standard quality) based on the skill of the swordsmith. This particular work is ranked as a “Jo-saku” in terms of craftsmanship.
This sword has been Polished.

Habaki: Copper single-layered habaki
Blade Length: 31.1 cm or 12.2 in
Curvature: 0.2 cm or 0.1 in
Mekugi-ana: 2 holes
Width at Hamachi: 2.8 cm or 1.1 in
Thickness: 0.5 cm or 0.2 in
Weight: 180 g

Shape: This wakizashi has a wide body with a slightly thin thickness, a mitsu-mune (triple-sided) shape, a slight curve towards the tip, and a robust and stout nakago (tang), resembling the shape of swords from the late Nanbokucho period.
Jigane: It features a mix of koitame (small wood grain pattern) and komokume (burl wood grain pattern) in the jigane, creating a dense and reflective surface.
Hamon: Visible nie, suguha (straight hamon) with nioiguchi (hardening line) that is soft in appearance, and a boshi (tempered tip) that is rounded and gently turns back.

Era: Late Nanbokucho period, the late 14th century.
Features: Yamashiro no Kuni Nobukuni is a lineage of swordsmiths that followed the style of Ryōkai and is said to have studied under Sōshū Sadamune. Some of their works have the inscription of the Enbun and Jōji eras (late Nanbokoucho period) and are considered to be the first generation. Actually, this work also closely resembles the shape of swords from the late Nanbokucho period.

Tsuba: A vertically round iron tsuba with carvings of a boat and a plum tree, decorated with colored enamel.
Fuchikashira: A red copper base with a carving of a plum tree, decorated with colored enamel.
Kashira: Made of horn.
Menuki: Carved arrow quiver and decorated with colored enamel.
Kozuka: Inscription – “Shitsu Saburō Minamoto Kaneshi.”
Tsuka: Decorated with a pattern.
Saya: Black lacquered saya with decorative grooves at the upper part.

From Aoi Art: This work has soft and elegant appearance. The Utsuri are light and graceful, exuding a sense of dignity. Though it could have been more than 600 years, there is not big flaws or defects. This is a highly recommended piece.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: Whole Oshigata

Price:650,000 JPY-.

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