Ryujin Swords

Wakizashi by Bishu Munehisa in koshirae, NTHK kanteisho

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Period: Eisho (1504).

Mei: Bishu ju Munehisa.

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.

Overall length: 26.42 inches (671.00 mm).

Nagasa: 21.10 inches (536.00 mm).

Nakago: Ubu, 5.31 inches (135.00 mm), kiri yasurime, one mekugi-ana.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.16 inches (29.5 mm). Sugu-komaru boshi

Moto-haba: 1.14 inches (28.90 mm). Saki-haba: 0.74 inches (18.70 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.24 inches (6.20 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.18 inches (4.60 mm).

Sori: 0.39 inches (10.00 mm).

Hamon: Suguha, with ko-ashi, sunagashi and kinsuji.

Hada: Itame and mokume. There is utsuri and chikei in the jigane.

Blade condition: In fresh polish, and showing plenty of activity. See pictures.


Old koshirae. The freshly restored tsuka is bound in 'court mount' style, with the ito crossing over the horn koshirae. The fuchi is of copper, gold and shakudo, and features a bird design. One seppa is wrapped in gold foil, whilst the habaki is of silver. The top of the saya is decorated with lacquered rattan bindings.


A superb papered wakizashi in very good condition.