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Col Hartley's Collection

Gallery 1: Japanese Edged Weapons, Wakizashi

 

 

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith SUKEHIRO
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) TSUDA EESHU no KAMI SUKEHIRO
Date ENPO NI NEN HACHI GATSU BI
Nagasa (blade length) 51.11cm (20.125")
Overall length 66.04cm (26")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.01cm (1.1875")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 0.95 cm (0.375")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SUJIKAI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) ?
Hamon (temper) ?
Boshi (point temper) ?
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) NONE
Saya (scabard) Blade only
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Blade only signed Sukehiro.  After some study I feel stongly that this sword is gimei.  However, you are free to form your own opinion.  It is in pretty rough shape, though I showed it to a Japanese polisher in Tampa who said it could be restored. ????


Wakizashi, Sukehiro

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith AINU 
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) HIRAZYKURI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) MUMEI
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 43.18cm (17")
Overall length 55.24cm (21.75")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.33 cm (1.3125")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.47cm (0.1875")
Sori (curvature) 1.428cm (0.5625")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) TWO
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SEN SUKI
Mune (blade back) KAKUMUNE
Hada (skin texture) ?
Hamon (temper) ?
Boshi (point temper) NONE
Horimono Omote (front carving) BO & CLOUDS
Horimono Ura (back carving) BO-HI & CLOUDS
Habaki (collar) NONE
Saya (scabard) SAYA ONLY
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Very rare Ainu blade with original saya.


Wakizashi, Ainu

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith YUKIHIRO
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) ICHI HISHU DEWA no KAMI YUKIHIRO
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 51.75cm (20.375")
Overall length 67.94cm (26.75")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.85cm (1.125")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 1.42cm (0.5625")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) KATTE SAGIRI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) ITAME
Hamon (temper) KO-GUNOME MIDARE
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) 2 PC. COPPER
Saya (scabard) SAYA ONLY
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Wakizashi in an old saya only.  There were three generations of this Yukihiro.  I know the first two signed with this mei but I am not sure about the third generation. The first two generations were rated josaku and chujosaku respectively, while the third was rated chusaku.
The blade is in very good condition and has some nice activity to see such as kinsuji and ara nie. There is some graying , surface scratches and a few nail draggers, but nothing fatal or detrimental. 


Wakizashi, Yukihiro

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith YOSHINDO YOSHIHARA
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) HIRA ZUKURI
Mei (signature)  
Date  
Nagasa (blade length) 42.22cm (16.625")
Overall length 53.34cm (21")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.65cm (1.4375")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 0.79cm (0.3125")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SUJIKAI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) MUJI
Hamon (temper) GUNOME MIDARE
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) BO-HI & BONJI
Horimono Ura (back carving) BO-HI
Habaki (collar) 1 PC. GOLD FOIL
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  


Wakizashi, Yoshihara

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith HYUGA OSUMI NO JO MASAHIRO, STUDENT OF HORIKAWA KUNIHIRO
Papers NTHK
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) HIRA  ZUKURI
Mei (signature) MUMEI
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 31.43cm (12.375")
Overall length 41.91cm (16.5")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.54cm (1")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 0.63cm (0.25")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) THREE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) KIRI
Mune (blade back) KAKU
Hada (skin texture) KO-ITAME WITH UTSURI
Hamon (temper) SUGUHA
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) DOUBLE BO-HI
Horimono Ura (back carving) DOUBLE BO-HI
Habaki (collar) 1 PC SILVER
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Attributed to Hyuga Osumi no Jo Masahiro per the NTHK shinsa team in Tampa, FL. February 2014. Papers will be forwarded to the new owner upon arrival. While most likely made as a tanto or even o-tanto,  today due to the exact length of 1 shaku, 3.73 bu or 12.375", it is papered as a wakizashi. This Masahiro was a student of Horikawa Kunihiro.


Wakizashi , Masahiro

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith SADAMUNE (GIMEI)
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) HIRA ZUKURI
Mei (signature) SADAMUNE
Date X X JU NI NEN
Nagasa (blade length) 45.72cm (18")
Overall length 58.73cm (23.125")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.17cm (1.25")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 1.11cm (0.437")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks)  
Mune (blade back) KAKU
Hada (skin texture) ITAME/MASAME
Hamon (temper) MIDARE GUNOME
Boshi (point temper) ?
Horimono Omote (front carving) SO NO KURIKARA
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) ONE PC SILVER FOIL
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Well, here you are a signed Sadamune. Could it be real or could it be GIMEI ? I'm going with gimei but if you think otherwise that is your right :-). Blade is in overall good condition but has some surface scratches, wear and oxidation.


Wakizashi, Sadamune (Gimei)

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith YAMATO no KAMI YOSHIMICHI
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) MUMEI
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 53.34cm (21")
Overall length 69.53cm (27.375")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.81cm (1.5")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.79cm (0.3125")
Sori (curvature) 2.38cm (0.9375")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) KATTE SAGARI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) ITAME
Hamon (temper) CHOJI GUNOME
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) 2 PC GOLD FOIL
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  


Wakizashi, Yoshimichi

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith KIYONAGA
Papers  
Body Test  
Other Chujosaku, Oei c. 1394
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) NIO KIYO (REMAINDER CUT OFF)
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 57.15cm (22.5")
Overall length 71.91cm (28.3125")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.54cm (1")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.47cm (0.1875")
Sori (curvature) 1.27cm (0.5")
Nakago shortening O-SURIAGE
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) TWO
Yasurime (nakago file marks) NONE
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) ITAME WITH MASAME
Hamon (temper) SUGUHA
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) 1 PC GOLD FOIL
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Wakizashi signed Nio Kiyo (remainder cut off). The shirasaya relates the following information: Ni˘ Kiyonaga (二王清永) hach˘ 1 shaku 8 sun 8 bu aru kore (刃長一尺一寸八分有之) ka˘  – blade length ~ 56.9 cm. Attribution seems to refer to this smith: Kiyonaga (清永), Ōei (応永, 1394-1428), Suō – „Kiyonaga“ (清永), „Niō Kiyonaga saku“ (二王清永作).


Wakizashi, Kiyonaga

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith KANEMOTO
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) KANEMOTO
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 51.43cm (20.25")
Overall length 64.29cm (25.3125")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.69cm (1.0625")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.47cm (0.1875")
Sori (curvature) 1.58cm (0.625")
Nakago shortening SURIAGE
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) THREE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) KIRI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) MASAME WITH ITAME
Hamon (temper) MIDARE
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) BO-HI
Horimono Ura (back carving) BO-HI
Habaki (collar) 1 PC COPPER
Saya (scabard) KOSHIRAE
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  


Wakizashi, Kanemoto

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith MASAHIRO
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) HISHU KAWACHI NO KAMI FUJIWARA MASAHIRO
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 57.78cm (22.75")
Overall length 73.66cm (29")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.85cm (1.125")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 1.27cm (0.5")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SUJIKAI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture)  
Hamon (temper)  
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) BO-HI
Horimono Ura (back carving) BO-HI
Habaki (collar) 1 PC COPPER
Saya (scabard) Bare blade
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Wakizashi signed Hishu kawachi no Kami Masahiro which would indicate the Nidai Masahiro. However, the authenticity of this mei is as of yet unconfirmed by shinsa.  The Hizen schools are some of the hardest to determine authenticity on as it was such a large and prolific school. There were may student signatures as well as actual smith signatures. There appears to be some inconsistencies in the few known good mei I was able to compare it to and it may well be gimei.  Though it is close, so I would have to pass and defer to a shinsa team. The sword is sound and healthy aside from the obvious surface deterioration and a few small chips and certainly needs a new polish.


Wakizashi, Masahiro

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith  
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) KINZOGAN MEI as INOUE SHINKAI
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 60.32cm (23.75")
Overall length 76.99cm (30.31")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.17cm (1.25")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.79cm (0.3125")
Sori (curvature) 1.27cm (0.5")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SUJIKAI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) KO-ITAME
Hamon (temper) GUNOME
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar) 1 PC SILVER
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Wakizashi with a Kinzogan mei attributing the sword to Inoue Shinkai.  The quality of the kinzogan inlay is poor and the work does not match what I know of Shinkai's, therefore I am certain that this attribution is false.  With that said, a new polish and this sword would be quite gorgeous. Remove the inlay and it should paper nicely. The sword is in good condition and there is a lot of activity to appreciate.  There is some gray oxidation, surface scratches and a few kitte ware, but nothing fatal or detrimental. 


Wakizashi, Inoue Shinkai

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith SHINANO NO KAMI KUNIHIRO
Papers  
Body Test  
Other YAMASHIRO KEICHO c. 1596 SHINTO
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) SHINANO no KAMI FUJIWARA KUNIHIRO TSUKURU
Date NONE
Nagasa (blade length) 51.91cm (20.44")
Overall length 67.79cm (26.69")
Mihaba (blade body width) 2.70cm (1.0625")
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature) 1.59cm (0.625")
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) SUJIKAI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) ITAME WITH MASAME
Hamon (temper) GUNOME MIDARE
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) KEN WITH SANKOZUKA
Horimono Ura (back carving) GOMA HASHI
Habaki (collar) 1 PC. GOLDPLATE
Saya (scabard) KOSHIRAE
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos) Wakizashi signed Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Kunihiro Tsukuru. The shodai Kunihiro was a Saijosaku and Owazamono rated smith.  Of course being a well respected name and having no papers this one would need to be sent to shinsa before I would say definitely that it was shoshin. The blade is in good overall condition. There is some oxidation, surface scratches, chips, etc.  Koshirae in poor condition.


Wakizashi, Kunihiro

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith "KONO SADAMITSU"
Papers  
Body Test  
Other SHINSAKUTO
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) URA: TAMA YAMANO GENTARO SHI, OMOTE: TOYO JU KONO SADAMITSU KIN HORIDO SAKU
Date SHOWA GO JU KYU NEN ROKU GATSU KITSU JITSU (06 / 1984)
Nagasa (blade length) 56.56cm (22.625")
Overall length 74.38cm (29.75")
Mihaba (blade body width) 3.28cm
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.625cm
Sori (curvature) 1.25cm
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) ONE
Yasurime (nakago file marks) KEISHO YASURI
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture) TIGHT FINE KO-ITAME
Hamon (temper) GUNOME MIDARE
Boshi (point temper) KO-MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) SUKEN, BONJI AND FUTASU HI
Horimono Ura (back carving) HATOHOKO WITH STANDARD, AND FUTATSU HI
Habaki (collar) TWO PIECE GOLD FOIL
Saya (scabard) SHIRASAYA
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  CUSTOM ORDER O-WAKIZASHI 
This sword is technically an o-wakizashi (1 shaku, 8 sun, 6.7 bu) and only lacks 1.5 inch being a katana. However, due to it's mihaba of over 1.25" and kasane of 0.25" it feels like a katana in hand. This sword was made in the tradition of Soshu Sadamune, and has a strong, powerful sugata as one would expect. There are wonderfully cut Horimono of Suken, Bonji, Hatohoko and Futatsuji Hi. The hada is tightly forged Itame with bright ji-nie, and reminds one of Hizen Konuka Hada. The Hamon is a wide and billowing Gunome done in Nie Deki. A multitude of activity can be found within the Hamon such as nijuba, inazuma, sunagashi, kinsuji and ashi. 
As previously stated, this sword was a custom order and was made for "Yamano Gentaro", which is inscribed on the Ura Nakago. The Nenki or date is inscribed into the mune of the Nakago. The mei indicates that Sadamitsu not only forged the sword but carved the horimono as well. The Mitsuya Mon of three arrow fletching's is carved into the nakago.
A beautiful example of the quality of swords being produced in our life time. This custom order O-Wakizashi was forged by the sword smith Kono Sadamitsu. Kono Sadamitsu whose name is Kono Hiroshi, resides and works in Fukuoka Japan. He was born in 1950, the eldest son of sword smith Kunimitsu. Upon graduating college in 1975 he became an apprentice to Living National Treasure, Gassan Sadaichi. In 1980 he was given the use of the "Sada" character by his teacher Sadaichi. This was combined with the "Mitsu" character from his fathers art name. In 1981 Sadamitsu became an independent sword smith setting up shop in his home on the Island of Kyshu, in Southern Japan. Sadamitsu enjoys working in the Soshu tradition, especially replicating the works of Sadamune, which is evident in this sword. He is also highly skilled at carving Horimono.


Wakizashi, Sadamitsu

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith  
Papers  
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form)  
Mei (signature) MUMEI
Date  
Nagasa (blade length)  
Overall length  
Mihaba (blade body width)  
Kasane (blade thickness)  
Sori (curvature)  
Nakago shortening SURIAGE
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) TWO
Yasurime (nakago file marks)  
Mune (blade back)  
Hada (skin texture)  
Hamon (temper)  
Boshi (point temper)  
Horimono Omote (front carving) BO-HI
Horimono Ura (back carving) BO-HI
Habaki (collar)  
Saya (scabard) KOSHIRAE
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  


Wakizashi, Mumei

 

Type WAKIZASHI
Smith KUNIHIRO
Papers NTHK
Body Test  
Other  
Sugata (shape, form) SHINOGI ZUKURI
Mei (signature) ZAI MEI KUNIHIRO
Date TENPO KU SAN NEN HACHI GATSU
Nagasa (blade length)  
Overall length  
Mihaba (blade body width)  
Kasane (blade thickness) 0.63cm (0.25")
Sori (curvature)  
Nakago shortening UBU
Mekugi Ana (nakago holes) TWO
Yasurime (nakago file marks)  
Mune (blade back) IORI
Hada (skin texture)  
Hamon (temper)  
Boshi (point temper) KO_MARU
Horimono Omote (front carving) NONE
Horimono Ura (back carving) NONE
Habaki (collar)  
Saya (scabard) KOSHIRAE
Saya notes  
General notes (Photo by Ed Marshall, click below for more photos)  


Wakizashi, Kunihiro

 


Sada(suye?)

Tsuneiye - Green Paper

 

 

 

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