Katana: Hizen Kuni Ju Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)

Ordering number: 23727

Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)

Signature : Hizen Kuni Ju Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro
肥前国住近江大掾藤原忠広

Sayagaki: Written by Mr.Tanobe
Hizen Kuni Ju Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro
12 Kanji character, long signature, The balde was made around Kanei 20.
Long and sharrow Sori Katana. Ko Itame Hada well grained with Jinie and Chikei.
Suguha Hamon with Konie. The Nioikuchi is bright. This is a masterpice of sword.
Blade length is 2 Shaku 5 Sun.

Shinto: Jyo Jyo Saku: Owazamono: Hizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Saijyo saku ranking.

Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 75.9 cm (29.9 in)
Sori : 1.1 cm (0.4 in)
Mekugi :  1
Width at the hamachi : 3.1cm (1.2 in)
Width at the Kissaki : 2.0 cm (0.8 in)
Kasane : 0.7cm (0.3 in)
The weight of the sword: 755 grams.
Era: the early Edo period, the late 17th century.
Shape: relativcely straight long blade with long kissaki.
Jigane: Koitame hada well grained with jinie and chikei work,
that is typical Hizen jigane called Konuka hada.
Hamon: Niedeki and nioideki suguha with soft ashi.

Special feature:Oumi Daijo FujiwaraTadahiro(2nd) from Hizen province
was born and named as Hashimoto Heisakurou as a legitimate
son of Tadayoshi the First. Tadahiro was only19 years old when
his father passed away in 1632 but he was enough skillful to
forge sword at that time. Tadahiro succeeded to Omi-Daijo in 1641
at the age of 29. His school flourished the most around Shoho
and Keian era. He never succeeded to “Tadayoshi” Mei, he persisted
to the Mei of Tadahiro. He was given 20-Goku and the house from Domain,
and contributed to the development of Hizento. He had been
making swords for around 60 years, and his style varies
a lot depending on each work. He passed away in 1693 at the age of 80.
He made tremendous swords, but there are some works that
the 3rd made instead of him in his last years. His works are very sharp
and designated as “Owazamono”. His Jigane is said to be the most beautiful
among all Hizen swordsmiths, and also said to be the second
greatest swordsmith, next to his father Tadayoshi in Hizen school.

Koshirae:
Tsuba: Mokko shaped tsuba with carving of birds.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo plate with carving of wave.
Saya: Black Saya.
Menuki: Shakudo carving of peacok.

From Aoi Art:
This sword is masterpirce of Tadahiro, and the polish on the blade is also very good.
The beautiful jigane reminds me of Enju from Kamakura period.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.

Price:1,800,000 JPY-.
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