Wakizashi "Kiyomitsu" (Kaga province)


blade length 54.4cm, thickness at the base 6mm, width 3.1cm

This is a good wakizashi made by Kiyomitsu in Kaga province.

The smith gKiyomitsuh in Kaga province is famous with dishonored nick name that means "the poor man Kiyomitsu". (Kaga province is the Ishikawa prefecture today.) In fact, Kiyomitsu in Kaga province includes several generations from 16th century to 19th century. I don't know which generation, but the poor smith was in 17th century and this is the smith. Anyway he was very poor. Finally he lost everything, and went into the shelter for poor people. In spite of that hard situation, he continued to make swords in the shelter.

The steel is visible wood grain layer pattern.




The hamon is straight pattern made of large particles (nie). Utsuri appears as shirake pattern.





The polishing is the modern style. The steel is shining black so much by the polishing work. This blade is not a master piece, but good blade without any tricky appearances. It shows the policy of the smith that he strongly kept the way from his ancestors. It still has a taste of koto blade from 16th century. It must be a trustable weapon in battle field. We can guess the reason why he was so poor. That simple blade might be difficult to get high reputation in that peaceful age like in 17th century.

Tang

Signature "Kiyomitsu"





 

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