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Aiguchi Wakizashi



A naginatanaoshi wakizashi mounted as an aiguchi.  Hawatare: 1 shaku 2 sun 4 bu rin 6.7 (37.78 cm / 14.875").   Motohaba: 2.72 cm.  Kasane: 2.8 mm.  Kasane at the Shinogi: 5.6 mm.  The hamon is gunome midare in konie. ha nie, kinsuji, sunagashi, nado.  Itame hada with fine jinie and chikei, nado. 

The Edo period koshirae has black leather tsukamaki over very good same; fanciful horse menuki, front and back views.  The fuchi-kashira, koiguchi, kurikata, and kojiri are all done in lacquer.  The saya is black ishimei with red flecks, is decorated with a cloud pattern throughout.  The kozuka & kogai, more decorative then functional, are finished in red and black lacquer. 

The blade needs polish, and I cannot date it.  It is koto, whether Muromachi or Kamakura will require shinsa, and likely polish for a definitive answer.  Certainly collectable as is. 

Photographing this blade has been a nightmare, so I apologize for the quality of the pictures, but these are the best of over one hundred.  

Itame With Chikei                                                                                        





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