Short Sword (wakizashi) with Samurai Style Mounts
This is a short sword (wakizashi) in a plain wooden scabbard (shira-saya). The original samurai style mounts are included with full length wooden blade (sunagi). Both the sword blade and mounts date from the late Edo Period mid-19th Century. The blade shows a slanting reciprocal elements (saka-gunome) style temper pattern (hamon). The forging pattern (jihada) is a random pattern (itame) which could become clearer with a touch-up polish by a professional Japanese sword polisher.
Both the blade and fittings set (koshirae) have 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 blade of the short sword itself is unsigned but is attributed to be the work of (Shinshintō Jumyō 新々刀壽命) by the NBTHK. The blade like the fitting set both dates from the late Edo Period circa the early to mid-19th Century. The cutting edge of the blade (nagasa) measures 12.0 inches (30.5 cm). The full length of the short sword in its original mounts is 18.2 inches (46.4 cm). Overall the condition is very fine with a few very minor nicks and scratches to antique lacquer and some minor loss of brass inlay on the handguard (tsuba). The blade itself is in very good condition with a few some minor scratches and black stains which could be easily fixed with a touch-up polish by a professional Japanese sword polisher.
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