SJ-183. Japanese early (1500s) o-wakizashi blade with
scabbard. Nice condition signed blade with habaki
(scabbard). Approx 21" blade, 1 1/8" habaki, and 4 3/4"
tang. Blade tang is signed, (Note: translation provided by a blade
polisher) "Bizen koku ju osafune (personal name) Shichiro Yemonnojyo
Kiyomitsu and date a lucky day of February 1587. Sword maker KIYOMITSU
清光 in Bizen Osafune is one of the most distinguished sword makers, of
the same ranks as KATSUMITSU 勝光 and TADAMITSU 忠光. Among KIYOMITSUs'
atelier, the chiefs with secular names of Goro Saemon-no-jo 五郎左衛門尉 and
Mago Uemon-no-jo 孫右衛門尉 have been highly celebrated but the most of
works (no matter with or without secular name) especially with date of
year during Tenbun (1532-54) shows higher skill and upper rank of
artistic level than other ages in general.
a polisher has looked a this sword and in their opinion the hamon is
weak and missing from the monouchi upper cutting area on the omote side
(nioi -giri). It is almost there in the right angle of the light but it
is barely visible and that is a flaw in a sword. This is
a shame because everything else is good on the sword and the
nakago is very nice. So, please take in account that this sword most
likely can not be further polished, however, is a nice example of an
early signed Japanese blade even with the flaw displays very well for a
sword that is about 500 years old. Also, including a basic handle, tsuba, and seppa for display purposes..........$1,900.
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