Soshu Tsunahiro – content credit nihontoantiques.com

Mei: SO -then cut and missing rest of signature
Date: papers attribute it to 1800′s (NTHK papers missing, scan only)
Nagasa : 15 5/8 ”
Sori: 9.0mm
Width at the ha-machi: 32.2mm
Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.0mm
Construction: iori
Mune: hira zukuri
Nakago: suriage
Kitae: masame/mokume
Hamon: notare/gunome
Boshi: maru
Condition: older polish

This Hira zukiri style wakazashi looks more koto then Shinshinto but was attributed to a later generation of Tsunahiro. In a fresh polish and submited to the NBTHK it may very well be attributed to a koto era Stunahiro. It comes mounted in an older shirasaya with sayagaki. The sword is O-suriage and still retains a soshu kanji at the bottom. It is classic Soshu with horimono of a dragon entwined around a ken engraved.

The sword is classic Soshu with an undulating notare with ko-gunome. There is much activity seen in the hamon. The kitae is of mokume with masame. There are remnants of a bonji character on one side as well. This looks like a much older sword than it was attributed to but we are not a shinsa. A beautiful old sword to maybe restore and enjoy for years to come.

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