Kizu on a Hizen Wakizashi Samurai Blade

This is a nihonto (wakizashi or short samurai sword) from Hizen prefecture. It is signed Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, but the mei does not really match the other Tadahiro signatures in most of the Japanese sword books, so we must assume that it is gimei. Kizu is a Japanese term that refers to any small defect or damage. In regards to Japanese swords, it can refer to forging damage or any other damage, small or large.
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