Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by HISAYUKI with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
The real name of Kawai Hisayuki (川井久幸)was Kawai Kametaro. In 1786, he was born in Kawai family, who served the Tokugawa government. He also signed “Bakufushi Hisayuki” in his other swords. Bakufushi means Samurai, who served Tokugawa government. He was not only a swordsmith but also a honorable Samurai warrior. He died at around the same time Tokugawa government lost their power at the end of Edo period.(1858)
This sword has a Tokubetsu Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, especially worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：39.7cm(15.6 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
Signature：(Front) 75 years old FUJIWARA HISAYUKI made (Back) ANSEI 1860 peach blossoms season
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Fuchi-Kashira：A fisherman and plovers inlaying on shakudou base.
People who are engaged in fishing are engraved. Japan is an island that is surrounded by the sea. Due to the geographical features of this nation, fishing has been flourishing since ancient times. A crab is also seen. As crabs walk sideways, they were compared “Oukou Kunshi (横行君子),” which means going my way against authority. Samurai might have felt the strong would not bow before power from it.
This Fuchi Kashira’s surface is decorated with Nanako-Ji (魚子地). The groundwork was hit by Nanakoji-Tagane (chisel for metalworking), so small dents cover the background. Each little dot looks like a fish egg; therefore, its name “Nanako” is written as children of fish in Kanji (a kind of Japanese character).
Menuki：Carving nuts out of sakudou metal.
A kind of fruit is peeking through the leaves. The veins are carefully carved.
Tsuba：A round shakudou MIGAKIJI (polished surface) with openwork butterfly & cherryblossom
A butterfly and cherry blossom petals are engraved with the openwork. Butterfly changes its appearance from the egg to the larva and the pupa stage to become a beautiful adult; this insect has been considered a symbol of immortal and reborn. It is said that people started using the butterfly pattern to wish longevity. Samurai were putting their lives at risk every time. That might be the reason why lots of Samurai loved to put butterflies for their crests.
Cherry blossom is one of the seasonal things of spring that has been loved for a long time. This flower pattern is designed not only for sword mountings but also for Kimono (traditional Japanese costume) or furnishings. It is believed the god of grain exists in cherry blossoms; therefore, this flower pattern has been treated as the symbol of a rich harvest. In ancient times, people held traditional events under cherry blossom trees to pray for a bumper year. According to a theory, it is the origin of the cherry-blossom viewing picnic today.
Scabbard(Saya)：Lacquered in black
Authentication Paper：NBTHK TOKUBETSU 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 July 21th in the 28th year of Heisei(2016). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially 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 : Chiba 15828
The Board of Education in Chiba 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.
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The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords made in Japan. It was made from the traditional carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE(玉鋼). Samurai Museum is familiar with the proper legal procedure for an antique/ authentic Japanese sword to be exported from Japan. We have sent more than 300 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.
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