Bushu ju Shitahara Yasushige
Mei: Bushu ju Yasu (shige)
Jidai: Early Edo
Habaki: 1-piece gold foil
Sugata: shinogi zukuri wakizashi
This is a very nice and active wakizashi by Shitahara Yasushige. This example is a shinto period sword, dating to the early part of the Edo period. The sugata is what we typically associate with Kanbun Shinto, a blade with little sori and tapering in width towards the kissaki. This is a zaimei (signed) piece which is slightly suriage. The Bushu smiths worked in the Musashi area and were a later offshoot of the Soshu school. Yasushige was the mainline and this would be an example by the 3rd or 4th generation. It was papered by the Living National Treasure polisher and scholar Matsuo Fujishiro, affirming the authenticity of the signature and quality of the sword. It has a nice gold foil habaki and a high quality shirasaya with horn hatomei.