blade length 46.1cm, curvature 1.0cm, thickness at the base 7mm, width
This is a beautiful and nice wakizashi. There is a signature "Korenaga"
in the tang, but we think it doubtful.
Steel has a straight layer pattern.
Hamon is a Hitatsura pattern made of large particles. The hamon pattern looks very active, especially it in kissaki is interesting. Mizukage (starting of utsuri) appears clearly. It also is interesting.
The polishing is a modern style. So the blade looks beautiful with black
and white contrast of wavy pattern But the real hamon is masked a little
bit. Real hamon looks wilder feeling. It is difficult to guess the smith
for us, but it looks like some Mino blade from 16th century. Anyway this
is a beautiful and nice blade ignoring the signature.
"Korenaga" is a smith in Ishido school around 17th century in
Edo city. He became the second generation of Korekatsu who is a head of
Edo-Ishido. They made blades with straight layer pattern steel. But their
hamon was usually Choji made of small particles. Therefore we think this
signature doubtful. Of course there is a possibility of his exceptional
Habaki is silver
Shirasaya and bag
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