Wakizashi:Omura Shigehide Kaei 6 Aki (Autumn 1853)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token) (Koshirae: NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Tosogu)

Ordering number:23789

Wakizashi in Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token) (Koshirae: NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Tosogu)

Signature: Omura Shigehide
Kaei 6 Aki (Autumn 1853)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This blade belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
Habaki: Gold-colored picture habaki on a plain copper base.
Blade Length: 35.2 cm (13.86 in)
Curvature: 0.4 cm (0.16 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 2.95 cm (1.16 in)
Thickness of Rim: 0.55 cm (0.22 in)
Sword Weight: 290 grams
Era: Late Edo period, Kaei 6 (1853)
Shape: The blade has a wide body, thick kasane, and is a long wakizashi with almost no curvature, indicating a robust construction.
Jigane: The steel has a well-kneaded mokume hada with a blackish appearance, showing characteristics of the Soshu tradition.
Hamon: The hamon is a nie-laden gunome midare with a rounded turn back at the boshi. The blade exhibits activities such as sunagashi and kinsuji very prominently.

Features: Omura Shigehide was a swordsmith of the Omura domain and a student of Edo’s Naoyoshi. He passed away in December of Meiji 5 (1872).
As a swordsmith from Hizen, learning from Naoyoshi, his work often contains landscape patterns in the steel, making it especially good as a Soshu piece. The activities within the blade, such as sunagashi and the long kinsuji, are considered rare and remarkable. The blade features black landscape patterns, indicating an exceptional piece.

Tsuba: Patterned on a brass base.
Fuchikashira: Patterned with brass on a copper base.
Saya: Black lacquered scabbard.
Menuki: Tigers and leopards carved in high relief with gold coloration.

Aoi Art’s Comment: The koshirae has NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Tosogu paper. Omura Shigehide, a disciple of Taikei Notane, created works resembling those of his master. Sometimes, as seen in this piece, he even surpassed his master’s work. This is a highly recommended piece.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Koshirae: NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Tosogu
With Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole Oshigata


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