Typical Edo period (1603 to 1868) Wakizashi uchigatana koshirae
Last updated: 22 August 2016
I have included both English and equivalent romanized Japanese (rômaji) sword related terminology (in bold brown type) which I hope will be of assistance to those who are unfamiliar with Nihontô.
Katana style uchigatana koshirae.
This koshirae is assembled using a wooden substitute blade (tsunagi).
The scabbard (saya) has a highly polished black laquered finish (urushi) and is in very good condition.
The hilt (tsuka) binding (ito) is dark blue silk. The hilt ornament (menuki) depicts a garden insect.
The material from which the upper pommel (fuchi) and base pommel (kashira) are made is shakudô - an alloy of copper and gold. The surfaces are textured with a fish roe pattern (nanakô) and patinated to a dark violet/black color.
The upper pommel (fuchi) and base pommel (kashira) are nicely decorated with finely carved chrysanthemum flowers (kiku) and stem motifs.
The guard (tsuba) is plain polished shakudo with a gold serrated rim.