17C Japanese Wakizashi, Musashi kami Fujiwara
In fair condition, an authentic 17C (Tenna era) (1681-1684) Japanese
Wakizashi, Musashi kami Fujiwara Kanenaka.
The mei, written on both sides of the tang, is "Musashi kami
Fujiwara Kanenaka, Echizen ju". Fujiwara
Kanenaka is a Toko Taikan ¥2,500,000 rated smith. This means
Toko Taikan (a reference book by a renowned expert, Dr. Tokuno,
giving financial values for blades) rates the very best blade ever
made by Fujiwara Kanenaka in high polish is worth around $23,500
USD. Now this blade is not his best, nor in the best condition /
polish, but it is worth what we are asking.
The 16 1/2 inch (cutting edge length) blade has seen better days
but the hamon is clear / well defined, and the blade probably would
come out stunning with a professional polish. The "furniture"
(tsuba, menuki, etc.) are all good quality and in general good condition
except for the "same" (ray skin tsuka / grip base) which
has small age / dry splitting / cracking and the habaki (blade collar)
which has some denting. The blade a little loose in the hilt. There
is no saya / scabbard, but these can quite easily and cheaply be
A 335+ year old blade with polish potential from a notable smith
in decent wakizashi mounts, all for £? (too late, now sold).
Please quote item reference number W37 (1151). Further / full sized
pictures available upon request.