Wakizashi: Yukihiro (signature not guarantee)
Wakizashi in Koshirae
Signature : Yukihiro (signature not guarantee) (consignment sale)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku, Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jo saku ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Copper single Habaki.
Blade length : 51.8 cm or 20.4 inches.
Sori : 1.0 cm or 0.39 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.78 cm or 0.70 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.13 cm or 0.84 inches.
Kasane : 0.62 cm or 0.24 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era. (1661~1672)
Shape : The blade is healthy and long as Wakizashi.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach nice Jigane.
Shinogiji : Itame-hada with Masanagare which is called Shinto texture.
Hamon : Konie-deki Choji Midare up and down. Many ashi and Yo with Sunagashi work in Hamon.
Special feature : The upper part of the blade looks Kishu Ishido like Bicchu Kami Tameyasu.
The signature is mentioned as ‘Yukihiro’ but we don’t have enough documents about the swordsmith.
I think the signature might be Gimei, but there is still a possibility for the swordsmith with the name ‘Yukihiro’ not so good at signature engraving did the work. This signature looks so terrible for us Japanese.
I think this blade should not pass NBTHK Hozon paper with this signature. But there are still possibility for the swordsmith with bad handwriting existed so we have a little hesitation for removing signature to make it Mumei. Of course the blade should pass NBTHK Hozon Shinsa if the signature was removed. Though we don’t have any idea why such poor signature had to be engraved on this blade having nice Hamon and Jigane.
We recommend this sword set having good blade, good sword fittings, very reasonable price but this signature.
Saya : Black threads are winding on the black Saya.
Tsuba : Banboo engraved on round shape iron Sukashi Tsuba. Probably crafted around late Edo period.
Menuki : A dragon is engraved with gold color on Shakudo plate.
Fuchikashira : A bird and flowers are carved on Shakudo Nanakoji plate with gold color.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.