An aikuchi -mounted wakizashi with matched copper-patinated fittings,
the cap (fushi)
and pommel (kashira) executed in textured low relief. Its hilt (tsuka) is wrapped
in black braid, the shakudo menuki formed as persimmons. The brown -lacquered scabbard
(saya) with pine-needle hatching and irridescent flakes of aogai includes split kogai and kozuka
knife. Rendered with sparrows- in flight over a lake with boat, the fittings are executed in high
relief with detailing in gold, shakudo and copper.
The unsigned blade, dating from the Shinto Period, has a
straight-edged tempered line
and is in very good condition. Together, blade and koshirae (fittings), present a fine
sword aesthetically pleasing and historically valuable, an admirable addition to any
sword maven's collection.