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Kunisada Wakizashi or Uchigatana
I thought to try eBay, without a reserve. Big mistake! It went very cheap, as in not even close to asking price.
Well, this just got unsold. I suspect that "not living up to expectations" translates as, "Gee I don't think I bought a $40,000 sword for a few thousand dollars".
As I had noted, I am selling this at a gimei price. And I am open to offers.
An ubu very stout wakizashi signed, Yamato no Kami Inoue Kunisada. Originally two shaku, the machi was raised just enough to make it definitionally a wakizashi. Hawatare: 1 shaku 9 sun 5 bu 4 rin (59.214 cm / 23.314"). .Motohaba: 2.98 cm. Sakihaba: 2.04 cm. Kasane: 6.7 mm. Togare midare hamon with yo. There are long kinsuji, from the monouchi upward, so strong that they may be mistaken for scratches. Tight itame hada, with a faint utsure here and there.
The saya is polished black lacquer with even horizontal strips, with a silver kojiri. Black multi-string tsuka ito over excellent same, clear white with large nodules. The shibuichi fuchi-kashira have turtles in gold and shakudo on a very fine nanako ground, signed Nagatsune (Kakihan), 1722 - 1787, Haynes H 06539.0. The menuki are gold and shakudo turtles, matching the fuchi-kashira. The kurikata is a red copper puppy dog, with shakudo detailing. The tsuba is an iron sukashi with gold detailing, signed Inshu Ju Saruga, a school piece dating around 1800 (identification by Robert Haynes).. The seppa and habaki are gold foil.
Although this is dimensionally a wakizashi, being 4.6 bu (39 mm / .154") off righteous, it was clearly made as a katana. Perhaps or someone of considerable wealth, but lacking the status of samurai. There several generations of Inoue Kunisada, the first being Shinkai. This is not he. Unfortunately, I do not have enough references for early or abnormal signatures, nor has this been submitted for shinsa. So, as such, I am just offering a very nice package, which in and of itself, would seem to argue against a gimei, but then they did put lipstick on pigs if it would satisfy a customer. $4,500
Inshu Ju Toshigawa