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Mihara Masaiye Wakizashi
A naginatanaoshi style wakizashi attributed to Sue Bitchu Mihara Masaiye. Hawatare: 1 shaku 2 sun 3 bu 6 rin (37.46 cm or 14.75"). Motohaba: 3.03 cm. Kasane: 4.6 mm at the mune. Kasane at the shinogi: 6.9 mm. gunome midare in ko nie deki. Soft, wide habuchi;. There is ha nie, sunagashi, kinsuji, nado. The jigane is itame nagare. NTHK-NPO kanteisho attributing the blade to Mihara Masaiye working around Temmon (1532 - 1555).
The koshirae is en suite Nara shinchu mounts: fuchi-kashira, koiguchi, kurikata, uragawara, and kojiri. The older iron tsuba, has had a shinchu mimi added. The shinchu kozuka may have been made for the mount, or selected because it is a good match. The menuki are high quality, deep black shakudo, of a man in a boat. The saya is in excellent condition, however one of the ito in the handle has broken, and needs attention.
Mihara Masaiye appears to be the 8th of 9 generations of the school. Single circle in Nihonto Meikan. Valued at 3,000,000 yen in Toko Taikan.
In older polish. However, due to mishandling, there are a couple of small stains, as shown below. Certainly a little uchiko, oil, and elbow grease would clean these off. $3,000
Detail of bleached out area in above picture.
Minor staining from mishandling.