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Koto Wakizashi C. Oei - Unokubi-Zukuri


Ray Singer
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As I picked up a very interesting study piece in Orlando, I am releasing this one that I acquired for the same purpose last year. This is a koto wakizashi which appears to be from around the Oei period (1394 - 1428). The sword is ubu (this is a questionable mei of Nobukuni) and is unokubi-zukuri with deep koshi-zori, and having naginata-hi. Overall the sugata resembles a small tachi (a kodachi). I have included a number of photos of the jihada, which is a very beautiful itame (resembles that of a high quality Soshu sword). The jigane has a bluish tone. The hamon is a quite wild gonome-midare with tobiyaki, deep ashi, kinsuji, sunagashi, nado. Please note that there are a few hako-bore and kitae-ware, which are shown. The sword is not in perfect condition, but has volumes to offer in terms of quality. The sword comes with a black lacquer saya that has a brass kojiri and hanger (the sword was adapted to wear in WWII). There is also a silver foil habaki.

 

$975 (plus shipping and PayPal)

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I like both naginatanaoshi and well executed naginanata-hi as well. I own another piece (Tokubetsu Hozon to Nambokucho Nobukuni) in which the naginata-hi contain ken rather than to more traditional hi. The hamon on that piece resembles this one, which is why it initially caught my eye and that I felt it was worth further study (and a long time spent with uchiko to slowly improve visibility).

 

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I like both naginatanaoshi and well executed naginanata-hi as well. I own another piece (Tokubetsu Hozon to Nambokucho Nobukuni) in which the naginata-hi contain ken rather than to more traditional hi. The hamon on that piece resembles this one, which is why it initially caught my eye and that I felt it was worth further study (and a long time spent with uchiko to slowly improve visibility).

 

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Very nice!

 

EDIT: Forgot I already commented. Such a nice sword I commented twice..lol but I was refering the the second set of pictures which I dont think is for sale! Sorry

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I hear you, Ray. The blade I have awaiting polish is about the same as yours was. Its health for a possible Ko-Uda. Thankfully, it seems blades like yours and others didn't see too hard a life and taken well care of.

 

For the blade that was for sale, was there any news if it has been sent for a polish yet, by chance?

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