JAPANESE EARLY EDO PERIOD SAMURAI LADIES NAJINATA
The Naginata is a pole weapon and one of several varieties of traditionally made Japanese blades. Naginata were originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by Ashigaru and Sōhei. The Naginata is the iconic weapon of the Onna-Bugeisha, a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility.
This Naginata blade has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tag. A copy of his hand written notes which includes a sketch of the tang and blade characteristics accompany the blade. In extracts from his notes he states " A Naginata of the Edo period, difficult to date exactly as they stayed in the same shape for centuries. The work looks like a Mineden Smith from the Mindareba region. Hamon in Nioi edged with Nei crystals, and also the Tang end. The Jiri is typical Mino work in very good polish (within the last 50 years). In good condition apart from 1 large Kizu (folding flaw) on one side towards the point. With its original blade cover (re-laquered) and Shira Saya Tang cover. Judging from its 14 inch size probably made for a Samurai Lady who were and still are trained to defend their home with them.