Ordering number: 21217
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Signature: Meiji 3Nen Fujiwara Tadayoshi Yuriage Kore
First-generation Tadahiro saku(first generation Tadayoshi)
Sayagaki: Hizen Kuni Kyodai Tadayoshi saku (MUsashi Daijyo Tadahiro do0jin (same person) Nagasa 2 syaku nisun Gibu 1 rin Tadayoshi old age later generation Kanei5-6Nen mei.
Hijiwara Tadayoshi 8generation cut shortened this sword.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
Fujishiro To-ko Jiten:Shinto: Saijyo saku: Saijyo oowazamono :Hizen.
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length: 66.2 cm or 26.06 inches.
Sori : 1.5 cm or 0.59 inches.
Width at the hamachi: 3,06cm or 1.205 inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 2.32 cm or 0.88 inches.
Kasane : 0,67cm or 0.264 inches.
The weight of the sword 735 grams.
Era : Edo period Kanei era.
Shape : The blade is Yuriage mumei by 8generation Tadayoshi at Meiji 3Nen.the blade is rather wide and thick with deep sori and long kissaki which reming¥d us Keicho shinto style.
Jigane :Koitame hada and komokume hada mixed with jinie attach and chikei work. extremely fine texture,
Hamon: Nie Deki Suguha with deep nioikuchi and Ashi, Yo with very soft Habuchi work. Bo-shi is a round shape with thick nioikuchi.
Special feature: Tadayoshi the First, born Hashimoto Shinzaemon was a swordsmith of Hizen province, present Saga pref. in Kyushu Island. Both his father and grandfather passed away when Tadayoshi was 13 years old so Tadayoshi learned under Dotanuki Zenbei in Higo province, present Kumamoto pref. Tadayoshi and Munenaga went to Kyoto to learn under the Umetada School in 1596. Tadayoshi learned to forge sword and Munenaga learned the carving. They returned in 1598. Tadayoshi worked as a retained swordsmith of the Nabeshima family in the domain of Saga. Tadaysohi’s first sword inscribed the date was forged in 1600 at the age of 29. He changed the name to Tadahiro at the occasion of approval as the Musashi- Daijo in February 1624. Tadahiro (Tadayoshi) passed away in 1632. His sword was ranked as a Saijyo-saku O-wazamono in the shin-to period. The Hizen School placed an extremely important position in the history of this period. The main Tadayoshi family and derived branches had been developed and prospered.
Tsuba:Round iron Tsubame the rim was engraved bamboo, inside of the Tsuba, family rest designe engraved open work.
Saya:black roiro saya.
Menuki : horse designe is engraved by Shakudo with gold color.
Fuchikashira:On the iron plate, family crests engraved.
From Aoi Art: Tadayoshi inscribed the signature with five characters entire sword forged around 1624 to 1628, the first year to the 4th year of Kan-ei era. Rarely was his sword forged in 1628, the 5th year of Kan-ei has a little biggish signature inscribed with medium-thick Tagane.
The temper line of most Hizen-to starts slightly away from the hamachi except for some swords with the signature Hizen (No) Kuni Tadayoshi by Tadayoshi the First. The same applies to the sword with the signature Jinin Tadayoshi and Musashi Daijyo Tadahiro. This sword is excellent work and Jigane. but upper part of Shindig ji has kitaekizu .
NBTHK Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.