Wakizashi, Mumei (Hiromitsu)
This wakizashi is a very good blade, though it is tired. The particles
of hamon and steel is excellent. That looks Soshu tradition in Namboku-cho
period, for example Hiromitsu or some other smiths around him.
The tang is originally unsigned. It is formed as Soshu tradition in 14th
century, and its condition is very natural as it doesn't look fake.
On the blade, we can find two kind of steels, a rough layer area and a
fine area. The rough layer area may be a core steel of Kobuse construction.
The fine steel must be an outer steel. The fine steel has an amazing appearance
by effect of steel particles. The gradation of the particles make an appearance
as large midare utsuri pattern, but not same to one by Bizen tradition.
The gradation of thick steel particles is an appearance of Soshu tradition
before 14th century.
The hamon doesn't exist enough. It has worn out in some part near the tang.
But the Nie (large particles) of hamon is very bright. It can be found
in Soshu tradition.
The polishing is very good as the appearance is brought honestly, but the
surface has many small scratches come from long time treatment. I am afraid
if new polish would mask this fantastic appearance.
This blade is a good sample to study good koto blades. When you understand
the quality of this blade, most of Shinto/Shin-shinto would look like children's
This blade will bring you to the entrance of nirvana.
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