Ordering Number: 23600
Katana in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Hizen no Kuni Ōmi no Jō Fujiwara Tadahiro 肥前国近江大掾藤原忠広
Shinto: Jōjō-saku , Ō-Wazamono, Hizen
Habaki : Silver single Habaki
Blade Length: 2 shaku 3 sun 2 bu 70.3 cm (28.3 in)
Curvature: 4 bu 11.2 cm (1.7 in)
Mei (Signature) Holes: 1
Motohaba (Width at Base): 3.25 cm (1.3 in)
Sakihaba (Width at Tip): 2.1 cm (0.8 in)
Kasane (Thickness): 0.7cm (0.3 in)
Sword Weight: 810 grams
Era: Edo period, from Kan’ei to Kanbun era
Shape: Wide and thick blade.
Jigane: Blackish jigane, dense ko-itame with chikei
Hamon: Niedeki suguha with small ashi with deep nioikuchi. Boshi- is rounded.
Feature: Shinto: Jojo saku: Owazamono: Hizen
Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro, the son of Tadayoshi the 1st generation succeed to the govenor of the family after his father’s death in 1632. He received the title of Omi Daijo in 1641 and produced swords for about 60 years until his death in 1693 at the age of 81. His swords are considered to have good cutting ability and are designated as Owazamono(the sharpest swords). Hizen swords is know for its beauty of jigane, it is said that they acquired unique Hizen Jigane by monopolizing Dutch iron under the patronage of the Nabeshima Clan. Tadahiro is said to be one of the best Hizen swordsmiths along with his father, Tadayoshi of Hize swordsmiths. This sword is unusual Tadahiro’s that has utsuri, reminding of Enju, medieval katana.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi estimaiton paper