無銘:賀州住家平
Gashu-ju Iyehira
SCHOOL Kaga
PERIOD Kanbun (1661-1673)
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubestu Kicho, 1968  
MEI Mumei
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 2.5 Million Yen
FUJISHIRO RANKING Chu Jo Saku
YAMADA RANKING Wazamono
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 46.4 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Tori-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 0.6 cm
KISSAKI Extended Chu-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 4 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 6.5 mm
MOTOHABA 3 cm
SAKIHABA 2.3 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Osuriage Mumei
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kiri-jiri 
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Kiri with Sujikai




Hamon :  Ko-nie deki hako midare. The nioi-guchi is bright and medium-thick. There is nijuba in the monouchi and areas of fine line sunagashi mixed in. Ashi can be seen at the tani of each hako.

Boshi :  Ko-maru with a medium midare kaeri.

Kitae :  Ko-itame with ji-nie. The ji-nie are ko-nie and evenly distributed.


About this sword :   This mumei wakizashi has been attributed to Kaga Iyehira by the NBTHK. Iyehira was active around Kanbun(1661-1673)and was the son of the shodai Iyetada. Iyehira is a well-regarded smith. He is ranked at 2.5 million yen in the Tokotaikan, Chu-Jo-Saku by Fujishiro and Wazamono by the Yamada family for the cutting ability of his works.

This blade is in old polish. The polish shows good quality with nice geometry and hadori work. There are some scratches on the kissaki and some inactive rust in the bo-hi. The jigane is vivid and the ji-hataraki is clear to study. There is one ware under the habaki on the ura. It is a non-issue but we like to point out any little imperfection so you can judge for yourself. The work shows admirable control in both the kitae and tempering overall.

This wakizashi has an Edo period koshirae. It has a kuro-urushi ishime saya. The ishime is strongly patterned and well-done. The fuchi-kashira is shakudo nanako. The nanako are fine. The fuchi has an arabesque pattern in gold and the kashira has a key-fret pattern in gold with relief carving of a floral motif. The menuki are copper with gold coloring. The tsuba looks to be an older Shoami example. The niju habaki is an Edo period one with a molted finish.

The workmanship of this blade is impressive. It has a strong sugata with original bo-hi. This comes with a 1968 NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho paper. A nice papered wakizahi with an Edo period koshirae and reasonably priced.

$1,900




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