Wakizashi in Koshirae
Signature : Sukesada
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 35.54 cm or 13.99 inches.
Sori : 0.75 cm or 0.29 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.7 cm or 1.06 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.17 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.57 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Late Muromachi period.
Shape : It is regular width and thickness with some sori
at the top of the blade. It is Sunnobi tanto.
Jitetsu : Itame hada with jinie attached. Chikei could be obserced in the ha.
Hamon : Nie Deki gunome midare with mixture of sunagashi in the ha.
Special feature : Many Bizen sword smiths flourished during Muromachi period due to
the protection of the General Akamatsu of three province Harima, Misaku, Bizen.
Because it was war time every where in the country, the demands for katana has boasted
and not just in the country but many swords were made for the trade to Ming, China.
Originated from Mitsutada(1249) , Bizen Osafune school has flourished most during late Muromachi period.
Because of the demands of sword, Sukesada school that time has had
their own manufacturing place to divided the jobs of the sword.
The mass produced katana has signature of Bishu and the finely made swords
were signed Bizen Kunimichi or even for swords to present, there was Zokumyo signs as well.
This piece is at first glance Mino province piece, however, this kind of swords may be made as Kazuuchi sword.
Tsuba : Oval shape iron tsuba with plum tree and hawk design engraved and inlayed with gold/
Fuchikashira :Irom tsuba with nuts design engraved. Late Edo Period.
Menuki : Copper plate with nuts design engraved. Late Edo Period.
Tsuka : Iron plate. Very unusual. Mid Edo Period
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.