Antique Japanese Short Sword (Wakizashi) by Sukesada
This is an antique short sword (wakizashi) in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya) and a one-piece silver blade collar (habaki). This sword blade is dated 1723 CE by Sukesada of Bizen Province. The blade has a temper pattern (hamon) is a style that widens toward the cutting edge called koshi-no-hiraita midare. The temper pattern is made up of large martensite crystals (nie). The forging pattern (jihada) shows a large random flow of the grain (o-itame).
The blade has been authenticated and deemed to be of good quality and worthy of historical preservation by the Japanese Society for the Preservation of the Japanese Art Sword (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai). The short sword is signed: Bizen (no) Kuni Osafune Ju Sukesada (備前國長船住祐定). On the reverse side of the wakizashi it is signed (Kyôhô Hachi Nen Hachi Gatsu Kitsujitsu 享保八年八月吉日). This translates into English to "a particular day in the the month of September (8th Lunar month)" 1723 CE. The sword is authenticated by the NBTHK. The cutting-edge length of the blade (nagasa) measures 16.7 inches (41.8 cm) long. Overall, the condition of blade is excellent in a fine art polish.
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