Wakizashi in Koshirae
The blade was polished.
habaki: copper single habaki.
Blade length : 33.7 cm or 13.26 inches.
Sori : 0.7 cm or 0.27 inches.
Width at the hamachi :2.92 cm or 1.14 inches.
Kasane : 0.70 cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period.
Shape : The blade is wide and thick and sakizori style healthy blade.
Jitetsu :Itame had well grained with jinie attach and visible to see the texture.
Hamon : Niedeki gunome midair and togari gunome and also tobiyaki work.
Special feature : The blade is sakizori style healthy blade.
From the Hamon and Jigane , it is easy to understand that the blade was made around late Muromachi period.
From ancient superstitious person like this kind of signature Kanenari.
Kanenari means you will be rich in the future. I hope you will be rich in the future after buying this Kanenari.
Historical background: 1543 Tenbun 12th some portages reached tiny island in southern part of Japan which is called Tanegashima island and saved by Japanese villagers and they presented a gun(matchlock ) for appreciation.
Japanese samurai were very surprised about the power of destructive cartridges and made as sama as this gun.
After only 30 years later Oda Nobunaga used 3000 these gun for the battle and got tremendous victory.
Koshirae : the dragonflies mating aikuchi koshirae.
From ancient period, dragonfly is a symbol of powerful insect which is valiant attack insect against enemy.
Samurai is always thinking his own life as same as powerful resolute and courageous dragonfly's spirit.
They are seeking manly sense of honor view of life and death.
Fuchikashira :kojiri:kurikata:on the iron plate, a dragonfly is engraved.
Saya : On the black ishimeji saya doragon flies are engraved by Kagenuri style.
Menuki : On the iron plate, Kirimon family crest is engraved with gold color.
Kozuka : On the syakudo nanako plate, chicken is engraved with gold color.
Kogai:On the syakudo plate, a fan is engraved.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.