Ordering number: 13163
Wakizashi: In Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature: Ōmi Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro
Shinto : Excellent Work: Ōe Item: Hizen
At our company, we categorize swords based on the skill level of the swordsmith, such as
Excellent Work, Very Good Work, Good Work, and Regular Work. The craftsmanship of this
sword ranks as Excellent Work.
Habaki: gold foiled double Habaki.
Blade Length: 55.2 centimeters 21.73inches
Curvature: 1.3 centimeters 0.51 inches
Peg holes: 2 (1 filled)
Base Width: 3.15 centimeters 1.24 inches.
Tip Width: 2.09 centimeters 0.823 inches.
Thickness at the back ridge: 0.68 centimeters 0.27 inches
Weight of the sword: 605 grams
Era: Kanbun era, Edo period
Shape: A long, slightly wide, thick, and elegantly curved wakizashi with a splendid appearance.
Jigane: Small grain pattern skin, well-forged, becoming a clear and refreshing jihada, known as Hizen jihada.
Hamon: Deeply visible straight temper with a deeply rounded turnback.
Special feature: Ōmi Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro was the son of the first generation Tadayoshi and
continued the swordsmithing legacy after his father’s passing in the 9th year of Kanei. The first
generation of Tadayoshi had many talented disciples, and the second generation’s inheritance
secured the family’s prosperity with the help of these disciples. He received the title of Ōmi Daijō
in the 18th year of Eikyō, and he continued his swordsmithing for 60 years. He created a considerable number of swords, and among them, the excellent works of the second generation
Tadahiro are favored by many sword enthusiasts, which speaks to their popularity. He passed
away at the age of 81 in the 6th year of Genroku. Among his disciples were the third generation
Mutsu Daijō Tadakatsu, Harima Daijō Tadakuni, Kawachi Daijō Masahiro, Dewa no Kami
Yukihiro, and others, like stars surrounding him. Additionally, he monopolized Arantō steel under
the protection of the Nabeshima clan, acquiring a unique Hizen steel and preventing the outflow
of this special steel.
From Aoi Art: Ōmi Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro was the legitimate son of the first generation
Tadayoshi. When his father passed away, he was only 19 years old, but with his own skills and
the support of many disciples, he received the title of Ōmi Daijō in the 18th year of Kanei. He
passed away at the age of 81 in the 6th year of Genroku. His swordsmithing career was long,
and he left the most significant number of works among Hizen swords. He produced both
straight temper and chōji midare, and all his works were made with excellent craftsmanship.
This sword has a deep visible straight temper and exceptional craftsmanship.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper
Whole Oshigata by Tsuruta Ayaka