Included with the sword is a photocopied valuation certificate from Kiernan Galleries of Mosman Park, Washington, which attributes the unsigned blade as the output of the Ujifusa family, a noted line of Japanese bladesmiths, circa 1740. The sword measures 22 inches overall, with a 15 1/4 inch blade set into a two piece serrated gilt habaki, showing notably strong grain and a very sharp "horse tooth" hamon pattern. The tang is unsigned, with a single mekugi-ana and a well-aged color, and the grip shows a fine midnight blue wrap over a pair of silver dragon menuki. Several of the fittings are quite impressive in their own right. The round iron tsuba has been deeply sculpted, with a cut-through "Chinese gate" pattern around the border, and a pair of gold accented dragons intertwined with fine scrolls, as well as a light "ocean" pattern engraving on the flat space covered by the spacers. Fine unaged shakudo and copper is the chief material of the fuchi, which has been sculpted with a fine gilt accented scene of a castle in the mountains, and the kashira, koiguchi, and kurigata are constructed from smooth dark horn. The tsuba shows an elaborate banded lacquer finish, alternating mustard yellow and deep brown/amber bands down the length, and includes a small kogatana knife, 8 1/4 inches overall with a 4 1/2 inch signed (untranslated) blade and a fine shakudo handle with a sculpted and gold accented scene of a tiger and a dragon about to fight it out in a bamboo forest. A fine blue/gold damask cloth case is also included.
Extremely fine overall. The fine polished blade shows some light spotting and handling marks, and the habaki shows some denting at the rear corners. A small hairline crack is barely visible in the saya near the kogatana pocket, along with a few light scratches and some minor scuffs in the lacquer concentrated towards the tip. Overall an exceptionally fine, high grade Japanese Wakizashi sword, displaying a high level of artistry in the fittings.
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