Japanese wakizashi nihonto, unsigned mumei judged as Uda Tomotsugu with NBTHK tokubstsu kicho paper. The Uda school was located in Etchu province and has its roots in the Nambokucho period, and inherits from the Yamato tradition and the Soshu tradition through Norishige. In particular, echoes of Norishige come down through this group, and sometimes swords are found that resemble Norishige close enough to be hopeful, and end up being attributed to Uda. Known for their sharpness and utilitarian nature, Uda blades were quite popular during the waring years of feudal Japan.
There were several smiths signing Tomotsugu in the Uda school, beginning in the late Nambokucho (ko-Uda) end ending in the late Muromachi period. Fujishiro records three, one in 1381 (Chu-jo Saku), one in 1492 (Jo-saku), and one in 1532 (Chu-jo saku). In my opinion, this sword shows attributes that would place it in the mid Muromachi period so is likely the work of the 2nd generation Tomotsugu and carries a wonderful gunome midare hamon that surfs itself the length of the blade.
Blade length: 59.1cm/ 23.26 inches Curvature: 1.6cm / 0.62 inches Total length: 92.0cm/ 36.22 inches Blade Weight: 355.0g Total Weight: 821.0g Age: Muromachi Period. NBTHK tokubetsu kicho paper, Koshirae, and Cloth Bag.The item "Muromachi (1394-1428) JAPANESE WAKIZASHI TOMOTSUGU (Uda) withNBTHK TOKUBETSU" is in sale since Tuesday, December 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Swords".sisson" and is located in Windsor, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.