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Antique Japanese Goto School Wari-Kogai, Edo
A Japanese Edo period samurai sword Wari-Kogai or Waribashi (split Kogai) for a wakizashi sword and most likely from the Goto School. A Wari-kogai fits in a pocket in the saya or scabbard of a buze-zukuri mounting. Wari-kogai were used as chopsticks while the the projecting section at the base of the handle was used as an ear cleaner. The edges are dull but would still be capable of dispatching an opponent if called upon in an emergency. Kogai and Wari-Kogai were made by the same artisans who made the base of the Kozuka. At most only two out of the three items mentioned above were carried in the pocket of the scabbard at one time. The three objects as well as fuchi and kashira are highly collectable items because of their intricate craftsmanship. This Wari-kogai is made of a silver alloy or is a base metal with a silver coating. The design features expertly executed writhing waves in high relief. When placed together the two halves give the impression of being a solid kogai. Dimensions: 20cm x 1.2cm x 3mm. Of the three types of sword fittings, wari-kogai are the rarest and most sought after. Overall condition is excellent with slight tarnishing of the silver in places (easily removable). One of the best Wari-Kogai we have listed.


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