Wakizashi Sword

Wakizashi Sword
Signed “Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu”
By Kotetsu of Musashi Province (present-day Tokyo)
Edo period, 17th century
Owned by Ii Naosuke (1815-1860), 13th lord of the Hikone domain
Gift of Ii Family

The wakizashi is a small sword worn on the waist with the blade edge facing up. A wakizashi was usually carried in addition to a tachi sword or katana sword. This example is characterized by the gently curving hamon, which strikes a beautiful contrast with the black ground. Swords made by Kotetsu were renowned for their sharp blades.

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