Sword rescue of "Kanetsune" wakizashi
Our smith kokaji encountered a wakizashi in poor condition, but he couldn't overlook it. Then he decided to rescue it.
Blade length 49.6cm
The blade surface is covered with a rust like spider net. So it is difficult to see the details of the activities.
The blade is a little shortened. In other words, the tang is a little prolonged by filing work to move the machi upward. But the work is very poor. It is amateur like. Therefore it is almost impossible to make a habaki what fits with the blade.
Signature "Muramasa, ... ju Kanetsune". The signature "Muramasa" is just a joke. Probably it is done over the original signature "Noshu ju". So the original signature may be "Noshu ju Kanetsune" (Kanetsune, lives in Mino province)
Date "Kansho 2 nen 2 gatsu nichi" (1461 February)
Totally the chisel work is very poor. But it is difficult to tell if signature is genuine or fake. Sometime, signatures of Mino smiths are so poor like child's writing. What is more, Kanetsune in Kansho era also is very rare. So we can't find a good sample of his chisel work.
Kokaji fixed the tang shape. It means getting a proper taper on the tang width, as well as the thickness.
The rusted blade is cleaned up by frequent treatment with uchiko powder and oil for some months. It turned to a nice blade with a neat hamon and clear utsuri. It looks a blade of Mino tradition from 15th or 16th century.
New silver habaki is made out. It gets a good fit with the tang.
It is going to bring to a polisher to make just a re-finishing work, because it still has some rust and scratches.
It is an original mount probably from 18th or 19th century.
Unfortunately, the silk cord on scabbard (sageo) is damaged, because it was fastened on the scabbard with decorative knots.
Probably the silk cord on the handle was rewrapped in 20th century. But it is very good work.
Fuchi and kashira is with a motif of peacocks. Kashira is a little damaged. Menuki is tree peony.
Tsuba is made of steel, with black copper rim. Shishi lion motif. So the total meaning of fittings is, king of beasts (tsuba), king of flowers (menuki), and king of birds (peacock.).
This kozuka might not be original.
Shirasaya also is being fixed to get a good fit with the new habaki.
All the restoration work will complete by the end of October or so.
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