Ordering number: 23006
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)(consignment sale)
Signature: Musashi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro(First generation)
Shinto: JyoJyo saku: Oowazamono: Hizen
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
Habaki: Gold foiled double Habaki.
The blade is polished by high ranking sword polisher.
Blade length:37.8cm or 14.88inches.
Sori:1.3cm or 0.52inches.
Width at the hamachi:3.33cm or 1.31inches.
Kasane:0.73cm or 0.28inches.
The weight of the sword:385grams
Era: Around the Kanei era, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is broad and thick with deep Sori and enough thickness.
Jigane: Koitamehada is very dense. Konukahada, typical Hizenhada.
Hamon: Niedeki Suguha with lots of Koashi. Kissaki turns back in a small circle. The tip is Hakikake.
Special feature: This blade is thick enough and in good conditioin. 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 forging 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 forged in 1600 at the age of 29. He changed the name to Tadahiro at the occasion of approved as the Musashi-Daijo in February 1624. Tadahiro (Tadayoshi) passed away in 1632. Tadayoshi the 1st used “Hizen Kuni Tadayoshi” inscription for his early years, “Hizen Kuni Junin Tadayoshi” from the Keicho 15 to the early Genna era. In those days, he made many traces of Koto and this blade is also a trace of Rai Kunimitsu: great Jigane and functionings of Hamon.
From Aoi Art: This Wakizashi has dense Koitamehada with rough surface and small particles of Chikei. Kitae is elaborate. Hamon is Suguha with lots of Koashi. Boshi turns back in a small circle and the whole Hamon is very bright. One of the characteristics of Tadayoshi 1st is that the first stroke of “広” is engraved like a square. And this blade has the same characteristic, it is very obvious that this blade was made by Tadayoshi 1st. It is getting rarer and rarer to find his works now in the market. We truly recommend this beautiful blade to you.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta