17.75" heavy uno-kubi zukuri style nagamaki blade with midare hamon and masame hada. O-suriage nagako with three mekugi-ana. Excellent double-god habaki of gold and silver foil. Fine Sukashi-style iron tsuba Excellent signed shakudo ishimei fuchi-kashira with gold shakudo copper animals, mostly rats. Ho-oh bird shakudo and gilt menuki. Beautiful green lacquer on black saya with kojiri en suite with gold rats and other creatures. A potentially important blade that deserves another review by shinsa. The whole in extremely attractive mounts.
Includes N.T.H.K. Origami dated Showa 59 (1984).
Blade is in bright polish with spider rust, staining along ha and minor chipping at kissaki. Nakago with beautiful patina, hi extending into nakago, one polished away. Saya split.
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