Wakizashi:Mumei (Rai Kuninaga)

Ordering number: AS20559
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (59th NBTHK Juyo Token)
Signature :Mumei (Rai Kuninaga)
無銘(来国長)  

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length: 33.1 cm or 13.03 inches.
Sori : 0.3cm or 0.11 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.9 cm or 1.14 inches.
Kasane : 0.55cm or 0.21 inches.
The weight of the sword 275 grams.
Era : 1329 late Kamakura to early Nanbokucho period.
Shape: Wide and thick Wakizashi with nice Sori.
There are engraving on the blade.
Jigane : Ko Itame Hada and Ko Mokume Hada mixed with Jinie attach. The Jigane is beautiful.
Hamon : Suguha Hamon and Gunome Midare Hamon with thick Nioikuchi.
There are soft Ashi, Yo, Kinsuji, and Sunagashi.
Boshi is Yakizume style.

Special feature: Rai Kuninaga was a student of Rai Kunitoshi.
He moved to Settsu Nakajima province. Therefore, he is called Nakajima Rai. It is said that there are first and second generations in the directory. But there are few signature blades and many of them have a style similar to Rai Kunimitsu.

Koshirae :
Saya : Black Roiro Saya.
Tsuba: Rather thick iron Tsuba, the goose is engraved with open work.
Menuki: Two Shishi dogs are engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo Nanako, family crest is engraved with gold colr.

From Aoi Art: At first glance, it is a work that is reminiscent of Rai
Kunimitsu, and it has a deep nioikuchi attached deeply, and it is a work full of atmosphere like a morning mist. Nioikuchi is deeply attached, Ashi, Yo work actively, Sunagashi, Kinsuji can be seen well Jigane is a masterpiece work that is packed and soft, Jinie is thick and fine chikei worked. This work is Ubu Mumei, but it can be said that Bo-shi’s Hataraki work is active and splendid like Asagiri in Hamon of deep nioikuchi Gunome Midare with many Hataraki. The Horimono carved on the To-shin also has a slightly reduced part, but it shows elegance and is a masterpiece of Rai Kuninaga that I definitely recommend. Koshirae is also a work in which an elegant family crest is highly carved and colored with gold.

59th NBTHK Juyo Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.

Auction starting Price : 2,000,000 JPY-.

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