Ordering number: 22704
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae(NBTHK Hozon Token)(consignment sale)
Signature: Hizen Kuni Ju Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo saku ranking.
Habaki: Gold foiled single Habaki
The blade is polished.
Blade length:69.6cm or 27.40inches.
Sori:1.1cm or 0.43inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.14cm or 1.23inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.0cm or 0.78inches.
Kasane:0.61cm or 0.24inches.
The weight of the sword:630grams
Era: Around the Kanbun era, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is normally broad and normally thick with normal Sori and longer Kissaki.
Jigane: Koitamehada is grained well and becoming dense like Konuka-hada. Typical Hizen Jigane.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha, Nioikuchi is slightly deep. Koashi and Yo work well. Boshi is Notare and turns back round. Typical Hizento.
Special feature: Tadahiro is a swordsmith from Hizen and a son of the 1st Tadayoshi. His real name was Hashimoto Heisakuro. His production started from Kanei 10, after his father passed away. He succeeded to Oumi Daijo in Kanei 18 at the age of 29. It is said that he was best around the Shoho and Keian era. He never succeeded Tadayoshi Mei and persisted to use Tadahiro Mei. Domain gave him a house and 20 Goku salary and he tried his best to make Hizento more famous and well-made. His production period is long: 60 years. So he made lots of works and various styles. He passed away in Genroku 6 at the age of 80. His works are very sharp and designated as Owazamono. His works are said to be the most elaborate Hizento Jigane amongst all swordsmiths, and he is said to be the second best swordsmiths of Hizento, next to his father Tadayoshi.
Tsuba: Shakudo Tsuba. Plum blossoms are engraved.
Fuchikashira: Shakudo-Nanako plate. Horse and flowers are engraved with gold color.
Saya: Aogai Chirashi Saya
Menuki: Dragon is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art: Hizen Kuni Ju Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro is a son of Hizen Tadayoshi and succeeded to the second generation. He made so many swords as a leader of the most flourishing swordsmith school at that time. That is why he had countless number of pupils. He was employed by Nabeshima Domain. He has so many posthumous works and most of them are said to be well-made. This work is especially well-made among them. Functionings in Ha are incredible. This sword has Daimyo registration. The condition of Nakago is beautiful and we know that this sword had been preserved very carefully. The blade has enough thickness. We truly recommend this to you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta