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Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Wakizashi Sword

  • Dated: late Edo Period: 1603-1867
  • Culture: Japanese
  • Medium: steel, copper, ray skin, silk, wood.
  • Measurements: blade length ~ 55cm; tang lenght ~ 12cm

This wakizashi has a koshi-zori blade. The Tang (part of the blase encased by the handle) measures 12 cm. The Koshirae (mounting) has two menuki (handle ornaments), a bird and a crescent, and two seppa (guard spacers) and a habaki (wedge shaped metal collar used to keep the sword from falling out of the saya and to support the fittings below) in copper.

The tsuba is also in copper and features vegetal decorations, while the Fuchi, Kashira and Habaki are also made of copper. The Kozuka (also in copper) is signed with a fishing scene. The Tzuka is covered in ray skin and silk rope. The sheath in brown wood with an enlarged tip, featuring a decoration of small black birds.

  • Sidenote: The word "koshi" means "waist." The deepest point of this type of ‘sori’ is nearer the munemachi (back blade notch). This type is also called Bizen-zori, since Bizen swords generally have koshi-zori. Tachi produced between the Heian and the mid-Kamakura periods are usually koshi-zori.

Source & Copyright: Caravana Collection | Book: “The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords” by By Kokan Nagayama

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