Actual examples of Restoration Work.
We introduce three examples.
1) A Wakizashi, polish, habaki, and shirasaya.
2) A Wakizashi, polish, habaki, and producing new koshirae.
3) A Wakizashi, getting a poor result.
 
1) A Wakizashi, polish, habaki, and shirasaya.
A rusted blade

blade length 52.1cm,  width at the base 2.9cm,  thickness 7mm
 


This is an original mumei wakizashi from Shinto period.
It is healthy with neat shape, and attractive with the irregular patterned hamon. But there is one open layer. If you don't mind such a small fault, this blade should get its beauty again.
The old scabbard is very destroyed. There is no habaki.
 




 
 
It is polished up with the classical style (Sashikomi style). It has turned far better than I thought before polishing. The hamon is bright and there are many attractive appearances that come from the relation between the steel and the tempering. The polisher said the steel in the hamon is good.

 
The steel has a visible wood grain layer pattern. The layer makes many appearances into the hamon.
The layer looks rough, but the steel quality is not bad. The brightness of hamon means it.




 
The hamon is a Gunome pattern made of Nie (large particles). The temper line is bright, having gradation of Nie into the hamon, and it makes tapered Ashi with sweeping pattern.
The hamon in kissaki is a round pattern made of much Nie with sweeping pattern. The Nie particles flow up into Ji. The turn back is long.



The period is Edo (17th - 19th century).
 
The simple copper habaki is a present for this wakizashi from the polisher.
 
 
Oshigata

 
This is a case of success. Don't think that all the destroyed swords can be getting good by restoration work. Condition and Quality of the blade is important to consider restoration work. Sometimes the result is poor than our expecting. That means a little gamble.
 
 
2) A Wakizashi, polish, habaki, and producing new koshirae.
A rusted blade

blade length 54.1cm,  thickness at the base 7mm, width at the base 3.0cm
 
The part polishing.

 
 
 
The part where the rust is deepest.

 
The foundation work for shaping is done.


blade length 54.1cm, thickness at the base 7mm, width at the base 2.7cm
 
The obverse side becomes very clean.



 
On the reverse side, several small dimples are left and some rough layer appears.

 
The silver habaki is finished.

(made by Mr. Shizuo SUGAWARA)
 
Fittings for koshirae are prepared.
The fuchi/kashira and the tsuba.
 
 


The blade in the midway of shaping work and the fittings are brought to the scabbard maker.
 
The base of mount is completed.

(made by Mr. Yoshio NAKAJIMA)
The scabbard goes to lacquer work, and the handle goes to ray skin wrapping.
 
The lacquer work has done.

(by Mr. Ken'ichi SAKUMA)


The blade within the scabbard go to the polisher again to finish the polishing work.
 
The polishing work is finished. It is the modern style (Hadori style).
The blade has much appearances in the whole of surface. It is very attractive that the layer pattern and the nie particles run irregularly. It suggests Soshu tradition in Koto period.
The blade has recalled completely clean surface on the obverse side, but several pitiful dimples are left on the reverse side. The dimples are filled with urushi lacquer to prevent rusting.


(polished by Mr. Akio MURAKI)
 
The steel





 
The hamon




 
The kogai hole of the tsuba is filled with gold.
 
(The gold filling is made by Mr. Shizuo SUGAWARA)
 
The handle has been wrapped with ray skin and hardened with urushi lacquer.
When the blade is returned from the polisher, the mekugi and the other fittings are confirmed and fixed again, then the tsuka is wrapped with silk cord.
 
The menuki.


It is very matching to the fuchi.


 
The handle is completed.





 
Put the silk cord on the scabbare and the bag.

 
These works have taken about one year, from the rust blade to the completion of the koshirae.
 
 
3) A Wakizashi, getting a poor result.
A naked Shin-shinto wakizashi covered with rust, but the rust is not very deep. There is a famous smith's signature on the tang.

 
The hamachi is broken, so it must be fixed to make habaki.

 
On the stage of Chu-nagura stone, the blade is brought to habaki worker to make new one.
 
 
The blade with new habaki is brought to shirasaya making, then brought back to the polisher again.

 
On the stage of Koma-nagura stone, a temper crack appears. Then we stop the work.


 
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