This style of sword is a companion to the longer sword called Tachi.
The word wakizashi means "thrust on your side", and refers to how it was worn. In many situations when the Tachi was not allowed, or simply too long, the ko-wakizashi was always available and also used as a last resort in close combat. Therefore it is a very "intimate" and important sword. This particular piece is crafted with the Nambokucho period (1336-1392) style ko-wakizashi as an inspiration.
Blade length is 31.2cm Curvature 0.2cm
Hamon is undulating with ko-choji patterns, with a fair amount of nine.
Jigane is a tightly forged itamehada with plenty of ji-nie.
Master Kuwano Toshiro is a Koshirae-shi, so he is a master at sword mounting. He made the shirasaya and the silver habaki.
Polisher Master Sakamoto Youji, is a very experienced togi-shi from Fukuoka. They have both been working in their craft for over 50 years.
The ko-wakizashi contains antique tamahagane temple nails
This sword has to be registered and released by the Japanese government before it can be legally exported. We're taking care of this now so if you want to purchase it please give us a few weeks to ship it out.