|Nice Koto Bizen wakizashi by one of the most famous Bizen makers from the Oei period. Morimitsu is one of the makers that became known as the "Oei Bizen" representative masters. Yasumitsu was the other smith that is often used for reference for swords that are of high quality from this special time in Japanese sword history. This wakizashi is very textbook Oei period. Longish thin shaped sugata is very typical of those swords from the Oei period. Oei Bizen blades also have a hamon that is reminiscent of those from the late nanbokucho period the gunome midare with small valleys in between the main hamon is very common for this school. in some cases, the valleys are more wide. This sword is in a very nice polish , showing the hamon very clear. One can see the ashi and in some places the yo as well. The grain pattern is a nice itame with slight utsuri. Chikei is seen. The boshi is a midare and is very healthy. A long bohi accompanied with a soe hi runs the length of the blade . tang is ubu, but slightly machi raised. There are 3 mekugi ana. In a nice shirasaya. NTHK old kanteisho. 2 character signatures of this smoth are considered his early mei. These are more rare than the later full signature. We just received this blade on consignment from a long time collector.