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Swords 3 of 3: Soshu Style Wakizashi


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First off, I hope those of you at the Chicago show are having a great time on day 1. Hope to make it to one once I am back State-side.

 

For those of us stuck at home, as promised the last in the series and it is for the Soshu crowd -- This sword is an osuriage wakizashi which appears to be a Nanbokucho-period naginata/nagamaki-naoshi. With ato-bori bo-hi and the kaeri looks intact to me. Although a commenter did think it was rather a shobu zukuri tanto or ko-wakazashi. It has itame jihada with nie arcing out of the hamon becoming chikei in the ji. The hamon is midare, with some gonome-midare. Like the Bizen in #2 I do plan to send this to NBTHK shinsa once global shipping is more reliable and will update the thread then. This was also featured on the forum for purchase so some of you may have seen glimpses of it before (hint hint to those looking for a first piece, some great deals here on the NMB with some patience :thumbsup:). Again credit to @Ray Singer for the better photos. :thanks: to everyone for taking a look, I hope the series provided some examples of various smiths and traditions until we can all get out and view more swords comfortably again.

    Nagasa: 41.1cm

    moto-haba: 31mm

    7mm thick at the shinogi

 

The sword has two old attributions:  an early 1962 green paper to Naoe Shizu and an old sayagaki from Honami Koson to Sa Kunihiro.

 

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(Those are lights reflected int he boshi along the edge...)

 

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