Katana in Shirasaya, with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon paper)
Signature : Echizen Ju Harima Daijo Fujiwara Shigetaka(2nd generation)
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)This Echizen Jyu Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka belongs to Jyo saki high ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki :Gold foiled single habaki.
Blade length : 76.21 cm or 30.0 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 3
Width at the hamachi : 3.07cm or 1.20 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.04 cm or 0.80 inches.
Kasane : 0.69cm or 0.27 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era.
Shape : The blade is rather wide and thick with small sori Kanbun style healthy blade.
Jitetsu :Itame had well grained with jinie attach hadatachi jigane which is typical Shigetaka made.
Hamon : Niedeki with rather thick nioikuchi suguha noter wavy temper line.
Boshi is round shape and Yakisage style.
Special feature : Shigetaka the Second forged ths sword.
The first generation Shigetaka probably came from Mino province.
So the hamon is quite difference from Echizen sword makers
but 2nd generation was influenced from Echizen sword makers especially Yasutusgu and Sadakuni.
This wavy temper sword remind us Yasutsugu hamon.
The clan continued eleven generations until the laast of Edo period.
This sword is typical 2nd generation Shigetaka.
The charm point of the Shigetaka is Jigane which is Hadatachi style.
Please check the jigane carefully.
According to the Kanzan sensei’s sayaagaki, previous owner was Takasugi Shinsaku
who is quite well known Samurai at the end of Edo period.
He battled against foreign army and well known person in Japan.
Koshirae : The Koshirae is simple but the red color saya is quite match.
Tsuba :On the oval iron plate, flower design is painted by gold color.
Fuchikashira :iron plate.
Saya : red color saya.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.