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Kunisuke Wakizashi

S0285

Another right out of the woodwork, a wakizashi in partial mounts, signed nijimei, Kunihiro.  Hirazukure, shallow sakizori, iroi mune, bohi.  Hawatare: 1 shaku 2 sun 9 bu  (39.1 cm / 15.4").  Motohaba:  3.4 cm.   Kasane:  7.7 mm   Gunome slightly midare in fine ko nie, ashi iri. The polish is faded, so it is difficult to see details.  The boshi is komaru, and jizo head.  Tight itame hada, fine bright ji nie evenly distributed, and chikei, nado.  This should come alive with a fresh polish.   The habaki had the foil stripped off it.    This is not to be confused with the Settsu Kunisuke smiths.  The fact that there is a jizo boshi, and no extended yakidashi might indicate that this is the work of one of the Iwami smiths. 

The koshirae, although somewhat striped, is worth restoring.  The black lacquer saya is of good quality, and the only damage is as shown, and a small chip into the foundation on the reverse.  The  fuchi is a well done monkey on nanako, by Seki Mitsuyoshi, Haynes 5579.  Damage as shown.  The same is excellent, and had been mounted before, as witnessed by the small additional piece at the bottom of the tsuka.  An excellent 17th century Owari sukashi tsuba with what I believe are tea whisks, great color and condition.  For a 16th century example see Sasano Owai tsuba illustrated below.                                                  $3,750

 

 

 

    

                                                                         Small hakobori

 

Nijimei Kunisuke

 

Sasano silver book, tsuba 156 - 16th century Owari

 

High quality same tsuka

 

Seki Mitsuyoshi Ref. Haynes 5579

Saya damage

 

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