Japanese Wakizashi 1660s with NBTHK Paper . NNJ438


Japanese Wakizashi sword with NBTHK paper. Samuri era blade in shirasaya. Blade is Edo era 1661-73 with NBTHK paper. NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Token (Especially Precious grade, deep green paper) paper dated 1965.  Small section of the certificate cut away in one portion. Shirasaya (plain wooden scabbard and hilt). This is a signed blade: Sesshu ju Fujiwara Tamehiro. Two-hole nakago (tang). Blade has a one-piece habaki (blade collar) with falling raining of arrows design. Blade has nice wavey hamon (tempering line), blade in very nice-looking overall condition. Blade cutting edge approximately 17 3/4 inches and 29 inches overall length. Overall, very nice condition.


Additional Notes: Wakizashi blades are typically between 12 inches to 24 inches or (30-60cm) or (between 1 and 2 shaku). The wakizashi (side inserted sword) is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (nihonto) worn by the samurai in feudal Japan. Its name refers to the practice of wearing it inserted through one’s obi or sash at one’s side, whereas the larger tachi sword was worn slung from a cord.

Koshirae is somewhat of a catch-all term that covers all ornate mountings in which a sword is carried and stored.

The NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai), the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword, was founded in 1948, and remains a highly trusted organization responsible for screening and certifying judgement onto Japanese swords. When a sword is submitted to the NBTHK (known as “shinsa” or judging), the organization reviews and then places a judgement on the piece in question.
These “certification papers” are called origami. The process is a serious one and never taken lightly. It can take anywhere from 3 months to a year in some cases to receive a verdict.


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Weight 45 oz
Dimensions 27 × 8 × 4 in

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