Katana: Tadamitsu(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number: 23439
Katana: In Shirasaya with Koshirae (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Mei (Inscription): Tadamitsu

Late-Koto: Superior Work: Bizen

In our company, we classify swords into categories based on the skill of the swordsmith, including Jyo Jyo Saku (Superior Work), Jyo Saku (Excellent Work), Jo Saku (High Quality), and Normal. This piece is classified as Jo Saku, indicating its high craftsmanship.

Habaki: Single-layer Shakudo habaki
Blade Length: 68.4 cm (26.93 inches)
Curvature: 2.1 cm (0.83 inches)
Hole for Pegs: 2
Width at the Base: 2.97 cm (1.17 inches)
Width at the Tip: 1.81 cm (0.71 inches)
Thickness: 0.67 cm (0.26 inches)
Sword Weight: 535 grams
Period: Muromachi Period
Special Features: The width is substantial, the thickness is generous, the curvature is deep, and there are grooves on both sides, making it suitable for wielding with one hand. The tang is short, making it a piece ideal for swift handling.
Jigane (Grain Pattern): The fine ko-itamehada (small board grain pattern) is well-forged, showcasing intricate jigane (grain pattern).
Hamon (Temper Line): It features gunome-midare mixed with choji-midare, vivid sunagashi and kinsuji, and a characteristic hat with leaf-like patterns and light irregularities.

Special Features: Tadamitsu had multiple schools, with swords made from the Nanboku-cho period to the 5th generation in the Bunmei era, and then a group of swordsmiths from the Tenmon period to the 9th generation, starting from the Meiou era. This piece is believed to be a work by Tadamitsu from the Bunmei era, forged in Bizen.

Tsuba (Guard): Circular iron tsuba with exquisite arrow engravings. Signed: “Bushu-ju Tadanori”
Fuchikashira (Pommel): Red copper ground with high relief chicken motif, adorned with gold-colored accents.
Saya (Scabbard): Black lacquered scabbard.
Menuki (Handle Ornaments): Red copper ground with three arrows engraved, decorated with gold-colored accents.

From Aoi Art: Tadamitsu’s works are characterized by choji-midare patterns and are highly regarded for their visibility. They receive excellent evaluations in the Fujishiro swordsmith dictionary. This piece exhibits impeccable craftsmanship without flaws or defects. The koshirae (mountings) also feature a tsuba with a genuine work by Tadanori from Bushu, and the fuchikashira and menuki display outstanding craftsmanship. It is truly a remarkable piece worth close examination.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token Paper
Aoi Art Estimation Paper: Whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta

Price:1,500,000 JPY-.

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