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Wakizashi - Mumei Bizen Shirasaya

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Wakizashi - Mumei Bizen Shirasaya 

2 900.00 EUR 
3 233.50 USD 


Wakizashi - Mumei Bizen Shirasaya "備前"
Shinto - 17th Century
Total Weight 0.773 kg
Weight without Saya 0.562 kg
Blade Weight 0.479 kg
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
64 cm
Nagasa 51.5 cm
Tsuka Length 16.3 cm
Sori (curvature) 0.9 cm
Kissaki Length 3.15 cm
Moto Haba 2.8 cm
Saki Haba 1.9 cm
Moto Kasane             A= 0.7 cm
            B = 0.73 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane             A= 0.41 cm
            B = 0.45 cm
Curvature Torii zori (Central Curvature)
Type Kissaki Chū Kissaki (Medium length)
Blade Structure Shinogi zukuri (diamond shaped)
Mune Iori mune (Triangular)
Hamon Choji Midare/ Kagunome with Crab Eyes & Claws (Kani to Tsume)
Hada Itame , Ko Mokune, and Masame in the Shinogi
Boshi Ko-Maru (rounded return in small circle
Nakago Ubu (unaltered), 12.4cm length, 1 Mekugi Ana, Futsu Gata shaped, end in Ha Agari Kurijir, Mumei (not signed)
Saya Shirasaya of 209g, for 60.7cm length

Fuchi Kashira)
- Tsuka 58g in Shirasaya, and 16.3 cm length, 1 Mekugi Ana with horn.

- Mekugi made of bamboo

- Habaki 21g in copper with relief pattern with diagonal pattern in Neko Gaki type (cat claws)
Team Review
Very nice blade, with flawless forge.. Hamon typical from the Bizen area. A quite thick Blade with a slight bent.
The particularity of Crab Eyes and Claws in the Hamon makes this blade very interesting.

Bizen, Features : An essential feature from these Bizen forges comes from a local component, the steel called “Tetsu Bizen” (the steel from bizen), which was very pure and high quality. The sand was also very abundant bein nearby the sea. also the Asahigawa and the Yoshigawa rivers, with a very pure water, fed the forges. Furthermore the very woody surrounding forests supplied the ovens with coal. All these factors and the geographical situation, on the “Sanyodo” road, made this location the Mecca of the forge with such ideal conditions.

The "Bizen Den" tradition, which began during the Heian era, is the most renowned of the 5 japanese smithing traditions, having the greater number of famous swordsmiths. The name coming to mind is Tomonari who inspired Masamune.

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