Early Shinto period wakizashi - Yasutsuna

Blade type Wakizashi
Blade length (nagasa) 55.0 cm / 21.7 inches
Blade shape (sugata) Shinogi-zukuri
Thickness mune-machi 0.65 cm / 0.26 inches
Width mune-machi 3.0 cm / 1.2 inches
Thickness yokote 0.4 cm / 0.16 inches
Width yokote 2.0 cm / 0.8 inches
Curvature (sori) 1.4 cm / 0.6 inches
Mune type Ihori
Grain structure (jihada) O’itame with O’mokume
Temper line (hamon) Wild toran-ba gunome mix
Kissaki type Chu-Kissaki
Boshi type Midare-komi
Activities (hataraki) Nie, Nioi, Utsuri
Tang type (nakago) Suriage
Nakago length 13.9 cm / 5.5 inches
Nakago-jiri Kiri
Yasurime Kiri
Mekugi-ana # 2
Period Early Shinto
Koshirae Saya:
Black lacquer with horn kurikata. Iron koiguchi and kojiri with gold flower blossom inlay.

Nice black leather ito over black lacquered same (full wrap, not panels.) Iron fuchi has same gold accented flower blossom theme. Menuki: Rather large gold accented flower blossom with leaves.

Nice tosho (smith made) tsuba with sun rays and a expertly done cherry blossom sukashi. Simple, elegant and original to the blade.

Copper niju habaki.

Two copper seppa. Everything is tight and fits well. Overall I would say the condition of the koshirae is 6 out of 10 and the saya needs repair. Nice presentation overall. All black with subtle gold accents gives the package a menacing look.


Yasutsuna worked in Omi province during the Enpo period (1661-1681AD). He signed with 2 characters as well as a longer signature (Awa (no) Kami Fujiwara YasuTsuna). 

He is published in Kanzan Sato’s Shinto Oshigata Dictionary (Page 362 (#658 - See also the page from the book below in the pictures). 

You can clearly see UTSURI from hamachi to yokote.
The blade is in old polish, with light scratches in a few places (not deep) and one very small ware (see pictures below). I would say 85% of the blade is in good polish. 

There is ONE tiny nail catcher on the cutting edge (see pictures below). ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER FLAWS. Any spots, you see are minor stains. The old polish was a high quality job. The blade is VERY sharp. Take note of the nagashi (polisher’s signature on mune) 9 lines on one side, 11 on the other, that indicates it was polished by a togi trained in the Honami school tradition.

Price 1.600,00 EUR