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Wakizashi: Shirakawa ju Koyama Fujiwara Munetoshi saku


Wakizashi in Koshirae (guarantee : NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature: Shirakawa ju Koyama Fujiwara Munetoshi saku
Bunsei 4 nen 2 gatsu hi

The blade was polished.
Blade length : 47cm or 18.5inches.
Sori : 0.2cm or 0.08inches.
Mekugi: 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.77cm or 1.09inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.18cm or 0.86inches.
Kasane : 0.66cm or 0.26inches.
Weight of only blade: around 515g
Era : Late Edo period.
Shape : It is thick and wide firm wakizashi.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached. It is beautiful jigane.
Hamon : Nie base gunome mixture with feet well seen.
The ashi is well put and midare komi.

Special feature : Shiwakawa jyuu Koyama Fujiwara Munetoshi is said to be the older brother of
Koyama Munetsugu. Therefore, Munetsugu's sword is similar to those of his brother's.
It is interesting that most of his piece is similar to Munetoshi's sword.
Bad forged swords are barely seen. It is beautiful pieces.
Historical Background: Siebold Incident- Bunsei 11th year- Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold,
who was a doctor at at a Dutch mercantile house in Japan,was banished from country.
He has attempted to take the map of Japan that was forbidden to be taken out of the country.
Takahashi Kageyasu, was incarcerated for giving the map to Seabolt.
Seabolt was restricted to come back to the county
after banish. At Bunsei 12th year、the great fire of Edo destroyed more than half of the capital city of Edo.

Koshirae :
Tsuba :On round shape iron tsuba, eggplant design is engraved in openwork. Mid to late Edo period.
Fuchikashira :Shakudou nanakoji plate with willow and firefly design and engraved with gold.
Saya : Limpet sparkles with black line pattern.
Menuki :Shakudou plate with a court carriage engraved and inlayed with gold.
Kozuka : On iron plate a hen and chick is engraved and inlayed with gold.
Kogatana : Unknown

We guarantee hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price : 350,000 JPY-