Ordering number: 23415
Tachi: In Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Inscription (Mei): Hizen no Kuni Ju To-tomi Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro
Shinto: Chusaku: Hizen
At our company, we categorize swordsmiths’ works as Saijo-saku (top quality), Jojo-saku (excellent), Jo-saku (good), and Futsu-saku (normal) based on their craftsmanship. This work is classified as Jojo-saku, signifying its excellent quality among Hizen no Kuni Ju To-tomi Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro works.
Habaki: Silver single-layer habaki
Blade Length: 72.0 centimeters (28.35 inches)
Curvature (Sori): 0.2 centimeters (0.08 inches)
Peg Hole (Mekugi-ana): 1 hole
Width at the Base (Motohaba): 3.05 centimeters (1.20 inches)
Width at the Tip (Sakihaba): 2.09 centimeters (0.82 inches)
Thickness (Kasane): 0.74 centimeters (0.29 inches)
Sword Weight: 815 grams
Era: Edo period, around Kyoho era (1716)
Shape: This tachi has a slightly wide body with a firm sori (curve) and an extended point, presenting a well-balanced form.
Jigane (Forging Patterns in Steel): The blade features a fine ko-itame hada with a small komaru hada, which is characteristic of Hizen steel.
Hamon (Temper Pattern): The hamon is a bright gunome-midare pattern with sunagashi (sand-like lines) and kinsuji (golden lines), resembling the work of Kawachi no Kami Fujiwara Masahiro. This suggests that Hizen no Kuni Ju To-tomi Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro, who may have been a disciple, emulated the style of the senior Kawachi no Kami Fujiwara Masahiro. This is a superb work without flaws or defects.
Special Features: Hizen no Kuni Ju To-tomi Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro was the child of Yamato Daijo Kanesada and worked even with nanban-tetsu (foreign steel).
Tachi Koshirae (Sword Mountings)
Tsuba (Handguard): A red copper tsuba with paulownia motifs carved and highlighted with colored gold.
Koshirae Fittings (Various Sword Fittings): All fittings are single items, made of red copper with engraved designs.
Saya (Scabbard): A vermilion-lacquered scabbard.
Menuki (Hilt Ornaments): Red copper with a dragon motif carved.
From Aoi Art: This tachi by Hizen no Kuni Ju To-tomi Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro boasts an immaculate blade with beautiful Hizen steel and a flawless hamon pattern. The koshirae is a late Edo period tachi mount, and the scabbard is excellently crafted in vermilion lacquer. We highly recommend this piece.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata by Ayaka Tsuruta