Ordering Number: 23669
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Token)
Inscription: Oumi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro 近江大掾藤原忠廣
(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: Silver single Habaki
The blade was polished.
Blade length: 55.0cm or 21.7 in
Sori:1.7cm or 0.7 in
Width at the hamachi: 3.1cm or 1.2 in
Width at the Kissaki: 2.2 cm or 0.9 in
Kasane: 0.8 cm or 0.3 in
The weight of the sword: 655grams
Era: The Kan’ei era, the Edo period
Shape: The blade is little wide and thick with deep curve.
Jigane: dense koitame hada. typical Hizen jigane.
Hamon: Bright niedeki suguha with notare. Nioikuchi is deep in Hamachi part. Boshi is loong.
Features: Shinto: Jyo Jyo saku: Oowazamono; Hizen
Oumi Daijo FujiwaraTadahiro(2nd) from Hizen province was born and named as Hashimoto Heisakurou as a legitimate son of Tadayoshi the First. Tadahiro was only19 years old when his father passed away in 1632 but he was enough skillful to forge sword at that time. Tadahiro succeeded to Omi-Daijo in 1641at the age of 29. His school flourished the most around Shoho and Keian era. He never succeeded to “Tadayoshi” Mei, he persisted to the Mei of Tadahiro. He was given 20-Goku and the house from Domain, and contributed to the development of Hizento. He had been making swords for around 60 years, and his style varies a lot depending on each work. He passed away in 1693 at the age of 80. He made tremendous swords, but there are some works that the 3rd made instead of him in his last years. His works are very sharp and designated as “Owazamono(the most sharpest swords)”. His Jigane is said to be the most beautiful among all Hizen swordsmiths, and also said to be the second greatest swordsmith, next to his father Tadayoshi in Hizen school.
NBTHK Hozon Token paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata