Shinto Wakizashi, Kikumon, Izu no Kami Fujiwara
In very good condition, an early Shinto (Kanbun Era - mid to late
17C) Wakizashi, with emperor's Kikumon, signed Izu no Kami Fujiwara
(Izu no Kami) Fujiwara Kinmichi was second generation from the
Mishina School Smiths, younger brother of the smith that signed
Iga (no) Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi, prolific from 1661 to 1680. These
smiths were some of the very few awarded the honour of the kikumon,
and to use it on their blades.
The 22 1/8 inch blade (Nagasa - measured from habaki inset to point)
is in very good condition, in a high polish. The blade has some
ware and a light scuff (shows as black in additional photos, but
is not black). In shira-saya mounts.
OK, Izu no Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi is not the highest rated of the
the Mishina school smiths, but is related to them and cleanly had
the emperor's approval. Just try and buy another for under £5000.
Our price? Just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item
reference AB22 (0078). Further / full sized pictures available upon