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Kuni____ Wakizashi



A mounted koto wakizashi signed, Kuni____ circa early-mid Muromachi.  Hirazukure, iroi mune, slight sakizori.  Hawatare:  1 shaku 2 sun 1 bu 1.3 rin (36.7 cm or 14.45").  Motohaba:  2.69 cm.  Kasane:  4.2 mm. Sori:  approximately 8 mm. Narrow notare hamon with gunome midare in fine konie.  There is a wide line of coalesced nie, not bright enough to be called kinsuji, but similar in structure.  There is a long very bright kinsuji midway down the blade, but I have not been able to photograph it.  There is a narrow  bo utsure.  The jigane is itame nagare hada, and a areas of a rough appearance and loose forging.  The bo hi is filled with red lacquer.

The tsuka is unwrapped with good shakudo fuchi and kabutogane style kashira decorated with carved waves.  The hamadashi tsuba is unsigned iron with simple gold nunome decoration.  Very good black lacquer saya.  The habaki and seppa are high quality gold foil.   The kozuka has a bird perched on the limb of a cherry tree in shakudo and gold on a shakudo nanako plate.   

The second kanji might be Tsugu or Hisa, but I can not determine what it is.  I purchased it as a Kii Kunitsugu, circa 1429 - 1457, and it may be, or just as likely may not.  A nice complete package.  


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