A rare wakizashi in Soshu style made by the Kaga smith Nagatsugu in the mid 1600's on consignment. This thick, wide short sword is extremely healthy with no flaws, unaltered and original ubu 1-hole zaimei reading "Kashu ju Fujiwara Nagatsugu". Heavy broad hira-zukuri shape with slight sakizori ends in a full point and boshi; a shin-no-mune (mitsu-mune) suggests elevated status. There are conservative gomabashi hi and a koshi-hi (grooves) tastefully decorating either side. Swirling itame hada with some O-itame has ji-nie and chikei; midare hamon with gunome in nie-deki has some spirited activity, widening towards the point with a long turnback. Soshu style in the early Shinto tradition; Nagatsugu is an obscure smith listed in Fujishiro working in Kaga province in the mid 1600's. Kaga along with neighboring Echizen was noted for conspicuous sword production in the Shinto Period representing the Northern districts. Notable Kaga smiths include Kashu Kanewaka, Fujishima Tomoshige, Darani Katsukuni, Kaga-Aoe and Fujishima lineages in Shinto times. This sword is in full older polish with no flaws and comes in a fine older shirasaya with black horn trim and a fine gold-foiled niju habaki. The NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho "green" certificate is dated Showa 47.
Signed "Kashu ju Fujiwara Nagatsugu" NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho