A Good Antique Japanese Long Wakizashi Sword
PLEASE NOTE: I know a bit more than most but I am NOT an expert regarding Japanese blades. The study of the subject is very sophisticated and the collector community will always have their own opinions regarding age, maker, form, and authenticity. Blades that are signed are fantastic BUT signatures were copied during the period and all must be scrutinized and authenticated. I find that judging the overall sword is first and second is the assessment of the signature or other markings. The higher quality blades (generally) will be maker signed and dated by the blacksmith who made them but not all.
A Good Antique Japanese Long Wakizashi sword, circa. most likely early 17th century early EDO Period (1603-1867), (just my opinion). 32" blade (with the tang), 21" (cutting edge forward of the "Habaki"). The tang of the blade has a single hole called "Mekugi-Ana". The temper line "Hamon" is discernible and the blade overall is in good polish with scratches and minor dings from use. Early iron open worked guard "Tsuba". Period pommel-cap "Kashira", collar "Fuchi", and grip accent "Menuki". It is difficult to know exactly how old the wood handle "Ho" is but it appears original to the period. Period black lacquered wood scabbard "Saya" is most likely the original. The Wakizashi has a side knife "Kozuka" with a signed blade. A very nice Wakizashi !
HADA (visible metal grain) - very good with no areas of concern to point out.
HAMON (visible temper line on the cutting edge) - wavy and good.
POLISH - good. Could be restored and re-polished.
PERIOD "Nengo" - circa. most likely early EDO Period (1603-1867), (just my opinion).
TANG MARKINGS - none.
NOTE: some of the washers (Seppa) have been recently added to tighten the fit. There are a few edge contact dings results from contact with other blades and a few areas of minor delamination in the grain. The very tip of the blade has broken off (can be restored).