Japanese Edo Izumi No Kami Kinmichi 和泉守金道 Wakizashi Samurai wife サムライワイフ ladies Seppuku (Harakiri) weapon
First gen Kinmichi Samurai wife サムライワイフ rare edged weapon
Izumi No Kami Kinmichi 和泉守金道
Wakizashi in rare assembly that could serve as Shirasaya and Koshirae combined, something characteristic for the purpose of these short swords. This Wakizashi has the characteristics of those intended for ladies.
Extremely slender blade, it is better appreciated in the hand, it could corresponds to the typology of pieces destined for women of the Samurai families and of high rank, it could be received as a gift even at a wedding or family inheritance, its purpose was the use to preserve their honor if necessary through suicide or female Seppuku for which this blade was perfectly suited.
As they were not intended to be worn with a suit, they normally did not have Koshirae but Shirasaya or different mounts, like this one.
Nagasa: 41.8 cm.
Sori: 0.9 cm.
Moto-haba: 2.2 cm.
Saki-haba: 1.6 cm.
Moto-gasane: 0.45 cm.
Saki-gasane: 0.35 cm.
Mei: With difficulty but can read the signature
Very slender blade:
Izumi no Kami is the title given to this swordsmith in 1646. The first-gen Kinmichi was called Izumi no Kami Kinmichi (和泉守金道)
No Kami is an honorary title given at few of the best master swordsmiths
Fairly acceptable condition with old polish and one flaw at the tip end. Watch the pictures please
The first-gen Kinmichi was called Izumi no Kami Kinmichi (和泉守金道) or Fujiwara Rai Kinmichi (藤原来金道), the second son of Seki Kanemichi (関兼道).
Seki Kanemichi was originally from Mino province, exclusively forging blades for Shingen Takeda, a famous feudal lord. Later on, he moved to Kyoto in 1593 by bringing his four sons, Iga no Kami Kinmichi (伊賀守金道)、Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi(和泉守来金道), Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi (丹波守吉道) and Echu no kami Masatoshi (越中守正俊). Seki Kanemichi established Mishina school in Kyoto, one of the most prestigious schools in the early Edo period.
The first-gen Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi was known as Kyoto Gokaji (京都五鍛冶), five prestigious swordsmiths living in Kyoto in the early Edo period. Kinmichi called himself Rai (来) Kinmichi because he revitalized a traditional Rai-style in the Edo period.
Rai (来) is one of the oldest schools, initially founded in Kyoto and prospered during the Kamakura period.
Ref.: Item 108