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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Militaria: Edged Weapons: Pre 1900: item # 490922

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This is a very rare, antique Japanese sword Wakizashi, was made around the year 1500 A.D. (1450-1550 A.D.) An outstanding, slightly curved blade with carving (horimono) has a nice wave full temper Hammon which extends into the Boshi (point area). The sword shows all the characteristics of a Mino sword. First of all it is very sharp. This is a well known characteristic of Mino blades. It has a well balanced feel and functional appearance. It looks like a fighting blade. The hamon is late mid to late Muromachi period. It has togare which is a Mino characteristic. It is quite possibly earlier but a polish is needed to confirm this. The forging pattern is itame mixed with masame in areas. Blade tang with one (mekugi-ana) is unsigned and has dark brown rust patina. The file marks on the tang are takano-ha which are again a good indicator of a sword produced in the Mino tradition. The Mino tradition was founded in the later stages of the Nanbokucho period by smiths from the Yamato tradition. They left Yamato and started producing swords in Mino province. Yamato blades were traditionally made for warrior monks of the various temples in Yamato province. This influence in practicality and functionality is carried over to Mino blades. The sword must first be a sword and function as a sword should before it's evaluation as an art object. This all boils down to the fact that the Mino tradition was founded by smiths who made their blades to fight with not just to look at. This word is a good example as it is well balanced, well forged and very sharp. It is a fighter’s blade. The sword is with its matching mounts in, wooden, red lacquered (saya) scabbard in the form of a lobster tail (Ebi-Zaya) and fitted with stunning all matching and original mounts. Condition: the blade is in unpolished condition and in my opinion is in very good shape considering its age; this blade has no major flaws of any kind; no bends, nicks, wear cracks, etc. The scabbard and the wooden handle have some minor damage. Total length with the scabbard is: 21 ¾ inches (52.7cm), the total length of the blade including the tang is 19 5/8 inches (49.8cm). Width of the blade near the tang is 1 ¼ inches (3 cm).Cutting length of the blade: 14 7/8 inches (37.8cm). Purchase with confidence this is an authentic Japanese sword Wakizashi not a reproduction like many of them on the marked.

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