Wakizashi originally no-signature

blade length 57.0cm, thickness at the base 7mm, width 2.8cm

It is a nice wakizashi probably from 16th century.

Steel has a visible wood grain layer pattern. It is interesting and its color is very clear.

Hamon is made of small particles (ko-nie). It is bright. And its pattern is Gunome, especially called "Sambon-sugi" (three cider trees pattern). It includes much sweeping pattern those are Sunagashi and Kinsuji. Anyway, the hamon is very bright and nice.
Utsuri clearly appears near the shinogi line, but it doesn't have some specific pattern. In other words, it is like gradation. So it is so-called "Shirake utsuri". The steel color on the area between hamon and utsuri is very clear (or deep blue). So it is a good sample what good utsuri is. I am sorry it is difficult to take it by my camera.
Please do not see utsuri as an interesting pattern on blade. Utsuri is one of the activities what comes from the interaction between good quality steel and proper tempering work. So the clear color of the steel between hamon and utsuri is important to appreciate blade.

Such a hamon pattern is very common in 16th century. One of the most famous smiths with such a hamon is Kanemoto in Mino province. But the tang work doesn't look Mino smiths. So probably the smith may be someone out of Mino. Anyway the smith who made this wakizashi is a good smith, since the blade is very nice.

Tang: originally no-signature

Habaki: gold foiled

Shirasaya and bag


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