Antique Japanese Wakizashi signed Bishu Osafune Norimitsu. The blade is out of polish and has several very small kicks along the ha, two light perpendicular scratches on the Ji (just very straight scratches), one small opening in the hada in the ji (please see the photos), and several kiri komi (battle scars) on the mune but as they are still raised most likely from mishandling post WWII.
The blade appears to have a very active and beautiful temper line and would polish out nicely. The nagasa/cutting edge measure 17 7/8 inches.There are numerous generations for the Bizen line of smiths who used this signature/mei. This line of smiths ranged for the dates circa years 1303 through to 1592 and were based out of the Bizen Osafune den. Due to the lack of date on the ura side of the nakago, I would assume this was made during the late 1500s. The koshirae for this piece is very nice. The saya is in great condition with only a couple of minor scratches and small dents, a rarity for original condition lacquering. However, the horn kioguchi does have a crack and should be repaired. The shitdome appears to be solid gold and in great condition. The tsuka is nicely wrapped with gold colored ito and the same is in decent shape. The fuchi is soten style theme and a horn kashira.
The menuki are aged silver and what appears to be trees covered in snow. The tsuba is very elegant with the remnants of the original gold highlights and sukashi birds. One other great feature of this tsuba is the very nice fukirin/collar around the edge. This is in great shape with a unique indentation running down the center, but does have one small area with a couple of small dents.
The item "Antique Japanese Wakizashi signed Bishu Osafune Norimitsu in fine koshirae" is in sale since Saturday, December 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Swords". The seller is "jeep1369" and is located in Oceanside, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.