尾張国勝重
Owari no Kuni Katsushige
Shin-Shinto Wakizashi
SCHOOL Owari
PERIOD Shin-shinto, Circa Keio(1865-1868)
MEI "Owari no Kuni Katsushige" 
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 32.4 cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Slight tori-sori
MUNE Iori-mune
KASANE 8 mm
MOTOHABA 3.1 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kuri-jiri 
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Kesho


Hamon :  Nie-deki gunome midare. Bright and wide nioi-guchi with profuse nie. There are hako formations mixed in and the hamon becomes wider toward the monouchi. Ko-ashi and yo can be seen.

Boshi :  Midare-komi with a long kaeri becoming muneyaki. Kinsuji can be seen along the mune.

Kitae :  Itame hada with abundant ji-nie and chikei. Yubashiri is present.

About this sword :   This is a wakizashi by Owari Katsushige. He was active circa Keio(1865-1868). This blade is in full polish and it is healthy. The workmanship is Shoshu den in style and well done. There is an abundance of nie hataraki to study and this is a visually exciting sword. The wide mihaba and thick kasane convey a powerful feeling in hand. This sword was discovered in its current state, not long ago, in the mid-west. It was in the possession of a WWII veteran who had brought this home as a souvenir. So, the polish, condition and koshirae are all now as they were prior to WWII.

This tanto is accompanied by an old koshirae. The fittings are all Edo period examples. The tsuba is shibuichi with gold nunome featuring chidori and waves. The shakudo fuchi may be mid Edo waki-Goto school. The kashira is in the wave theme and looks to be later work. The meunuki are of a cow and calf. The double habaki is a solid alloy rather than gold foil over copper. The urushi of the saya is matte green in a raised line pattern with a wave pattern in the kozuka pocket. There is a horn koiguchi, kurikata and kaeshizuno. The kojiri is copper. The overall condition of the koshirae is nice and this represents a composite koshirae of the late Edo period. Most old koshirae are composite. Meaning - custom assembled to fit a certain blade but from various parts from different schools and ages.

This blade does not have a paper. The consigner is happy to guarantee it to pass shinsa if the new owner decides to submit it within one year of purchase. A well made, signed, ubu, Owari tanto in full polish with an Edo period koshirae.

Price: $4100




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