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A mounted wakizashi signed Bizen Kuni Sukeshige. The style of cutting the mei is consistent with Muromachi signatures. Hirazukure iroi mune, slight sori. Hawatare: 1 shaku 2 sun 5 bu 7 rin (38,1 cm or 15"). Motohaba: 3.05 cm. Kasane: 5.8 mm. Gunome midare hamon in nioi. Rough itame hada, This blade has not been submitted to shinsa, but in my opinion it would be rejected as a saiba.
The tsuka is wrapped in green ito, a shakudo and gold fuchi with triple tomoe on a nanako background. The kashira is horn, and the menuki shakudo and with gold highlights of Hotai. The smaller mokugata tsuba has a bird on a post, and a turtle half submerged. The elongated kozuka ana would argue for earlier Edo. The tsuba was clearly altered for mounting on this wakizashi. The polished shakudo kozuka has three Oda Ka-Mon, two in gold , and one in a high grade deep black shakudo. It is signed in gold Josen Saku. Josen was a noted lacquerer who did both inro and sword fittings. Ref. Haynes H 02200.0. The saya is pine needles in clear lacquer over a black undercoat. $1,950