Wakizashi: Oumi no Kami Fujiwara Tadahiro (NBTHK Hozon Token)

Ordering number: 23698

Wakizashi: In Shirasaya (NBTHK Hozon Token)

Inscription: Oumi no Kami Fujiwara Tadahiro

Shinto: Jojosaku: Owazamono: Hizen

At our company, we categorize our pieces as “Saijo Saku,” “Jojosaku,” “Josaku,” and “Futsusaku” based on the skill of the swordsmith. This work is ranked as a “Josaku” in terms of quality.

Habaki: Gold/Silver foiled double Habaki
Blade Length: 53.03 cm (20.88 inches)
Curvature: 0.9 cm (0.35 inches)
Peg Hole: 1
Width at the Base: 3.32 cm (1.31 inches)
Width at the Tip: 2.36 cm (0.93 inches)
Thickness: 0.72 cm
Sword Weight: 570 grams
Era: Edo Period, around the Kanei era
Shape: Broad and thick with minimal curvature, a healthy work with a Kanei era shape featuring an elongated kissaki.
Jigane: Fine ko-mokume hada that is very well-knit, creating Hizen jigane, specifically a small wood grain skin.
Hamon: Developing into a deeply undulating choji hamon, with a large bōshi that turns back gracefully.

Characteristics: Oumi no Kami Fujiwara Tadahiro, son of the first generation Tadayoshi, learned swordsmithing techniques and continued the lineage after his father’s passing in Kan’ei 9. The first generation Tadayoshi had many disciples, and the second generation continued the legacy, leading to prosperity with the support of these disciples. Receiving the title of Oumi no Kami in the 18th year of the Eiwa era, he practiced swordsmithing for 60 years. Producing a considerable number of swords, especially the Upper Excellent Work by the second generation Tadahiro was favored by many sword enthusiasts, a testament to its popularity. He passed away at the age of 81 in the 6th year of Genroku. His disciples included the third generation Mutsu no Kami Tadayoshi, Harima no Kami Tadakuni, Kawachi no Kami Masahiro, and Dewa no Kami Yukihira. Supported by the Nabeshima Clan, they monopolized the distinctive Hizen jigane, prevented its distribution, and maintained their unique metal composition.

From Aoi Art: This work by Oumi no Kami Fujiwara Tadahiro showcases both straight and undulating patterns. Notably, the deeply undulating choji hamon is exquisite, with a soft hamon edge that imparts a sense of flexibility when cutting.

NBTHK Hozon Token Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper: Whole Oshigata

*The price does not include international shipping fees.

Price:500,000 JPY-.

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