Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by Toshizane with NBTHK Hozon Certificate
This Wakizashi was made by Minryushi Toshizane(眠龍子寿実) in the 9th year of Bunsei era(1826), based on the signature on the tang. NBTHK, one of the most trusted Japanese sword appraisers, validated that the signature is authentic.
Toshizane was born as the first son of Hamabe Toshinori(浜部寿格) in 1777 in Tottori prefecture. His father, Toshinori, is also a well-known swordsmith who served the Inaba domain, specifically Ikeda Clan in Tottori prefecture. Toshinori learned the sword-forging technique in Bizen province(Okayama prefecture today).
It is said that Toshinori was a friend of Suishinshi Masahide, one of the greatest swordsmiths at the end of the Edo period.
The oldest remaining work created by Toshizane dates back to the seventh year of Kansei(1795), when he was 19 years old. He first signed as 寿国(Toshikuni). When he was 20 years old, he and his father were ordered by Tokugawa Shogunate to examine swords and sword books stored in the Edo government. They stayed in Edo for an extended time. While he was there, he researched many excellent blades forged by historically significant swordsmiths. He also had a technological exchange with the swordsmiths in Edo city.
He changed his maker’s name to Minryushi Toshizane in the first year of Kyowa(1801). It is said that Toshizan took over his father’s school in 1801 as his father didn’t forge so many swords after that. His father died in the seventh year of Bunka(1810). Toshizane had had many apprentices who later became famous swordsmiths, such as Kawamura Toshitaka, the master of Kiyomaro, one of the most renowned swordsmiths in Japanese history.
Toshizane forged swords for about 30 years and died at the age of 70 in the third year of Koka(1846). He passed down his outstanding craftsmanship to his son Toshiyuki(寿幸). His school lasted until the end of the Edo period.
Toshizane was great at forging swords with Choji Midare Hamon. You can see a great example of his highly skilled technique from this Wakizashi. Based on when he was born, this Wakizashi was forged later in his career. We are sure you will be able to appreciate this blade very much.
This blade has a Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：45.8 cm (18.0 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.0 cm(0.39 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang on purpose to prevent red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, which is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Ryu (龍, dragon) is designed for this Fuchi Kashira. Its slender body is peeking through the clouds. Initially, the dragon is an imaginary creature found in ancient traditions or myths. Furthermore, the dragon is a symbolic beast of auspicious signs. The dragon’s body is likened to nine animals: antlers are deer, the head is a camel, eyes are demons, the neck is a snake, belly is Mizuchi (蛟, mythical animal in Japan which looks like a snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that the dragon would reign at the top of all animals because of its odd-looking appearance.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
*If you like us to refurbish SAME Hada(white part inside lacing) , please contact us. We can arrange it with extra cost.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside.It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
Circle-shaped Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. Although any characteristic motif is not designed for this Tsuba, its surface has been finished with the Nanako-Ji technique. It was hit by the Nanako-Ji Tagane (a type of chisel used for this technique). It makes delicate fish egg-shaped protrusions on the entire surface of the Tsuba. The Nanako-Ji with the same size of particles lined up regularly makes us feel the maker’s expert skill.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Please keep in in mind that there is a little scratch on this scabbard. If you like to know the detail, please contact us.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
Same as Fuchi Kashira and Menuki, the dragon pattern decorates this Kozuka. In Japan, there is a belief that the dragon is worshipped as the god of water. According to a theory, initially, the snake was regarded as this faith’s god. However, the Dragon God’s belief was brought from overseas, and people consider that snake became a dragon after ascending to heaven. As rice cultivation has flourished in this country, water is always related to life, so people thought this belief necessary. They believed the dragon’s extraordinary power due to its mysterious figure. It might be the reason that this beast motif has been applied to various items such as sword mountings.
Kougai：Kougai is the equipment for Samurai to arrange or fix his hair style.
The same type of dragon pattern is designed for this Kougai as well as Kozuka.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on August 28th in the second year of Reiwa(2020). They appraised it as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Hyogo 104393
The Board of Education in Hyogo prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it.
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