Older Wakizashi in Traditional Mounts adapted for use in WWII
Year Made: Early Shinto, possibly late Koto
Forging Pattern: Itame/mokume mix.
Tempering Pattern: Toran in nie, very active.
Dimensions: Blade Length: 17.5 inchesNakago: 5.75 inches 5 mm thick and 28 mm wide at Hamachi
Mountings: Old buke-zukuri mounts, fuchi/kashira in gold washed copper with shakudo mon of crossed hawk feathers, nice old gilt dragon menuki. Old wrap on tsuka over full wrap samé (a sign of an expensive mounting job, so much so that the seam was left exposed.) Simple iron tsuba. Quality leather cover over a traditional saya with the kurikata left in place. Cover is in good condition, impossible to tell much about the saya beneath. Nice copper habaki.
Overall Condition: Fair, I would have classified it as very good if not for the fukura in the habuchi. Nicely forged hada with a ware in the shinogi-ji and some light pitting. The fukura (blister in the steel) is behind the yokote on the ura of the sword. The workmanship of the hamon is very well executed in nie, with ji-nie, nie-sake and nie-kazure. A polisher would have to be consulted about the fukure but as it stands it is a very nice sword in nice old mounts most likely original to the sword pre war. It is an excellent display piece and would provide a new collector many hours of study and enjoyment "as is". An excellent first sword for the beginner waiting for a piece wort studying.