Home Back Contact
A naginatanaoshi wakizashi from early Nambokucho or late Kamakura. This is unfortunately saiba, retempered. Hawatare: 1 shaku 6 sun 9 bu 7 rin (51.44 cm / 25.25"). Motohaba: 2.73 cm. Kasane: 2 mm. at the mune, 6.6 mm at the shinogi, Shobuzukure, iroi mune. A great deal of hataraki in the hamon, sunagashi, kinsuji, nado. The jigane is o-mokume, long and short chikei, nado. In new polish, silver habaki, and shirasaya. This likely started its life as a high quality Soshu blade, but somewhere along the line was exposed to heat on lost its temper. A real shame, because there remains evidences of so much really fine work.
Before polish, I could see just enough to be exciting. After polish, disappointment. So I have it priced at less than the restoration costs. An interesting study piece, or something for the martial artist. $1,500