Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae. (NBTHK Hozon paper)(NBTHK Tokubetsu Kichou paper)
Signature : Hizenju Harima Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni
Shinto : Jyo-saku ranking : Wazamono
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijo saku, Jojo saku Jo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo ranking.
The blade is polished.
Habaki : Single Gold Habaki.
Blade length : 84.0 cm or 33.1 inches.
Sori : 1 cm or 0.39 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the Hamachi : 2.99 cm or 1.18 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.06 cm or 0.81 inches.
Kasane : 0.73 cm or 0.28 inches.
Era :Edo period Kanbun era (1661~1672)
Shape : Wide, thick and very long blade with shallow curve.
Jigane : Koitamehada well grained with Jinie attach Konukahada typical Hizento blade.
Hamon : Nie-deki deep Nioikuchi soft Habuchi Saryu and Kinsuji work well. Boshi turns round Haikake style.
Special feature : Tadakuni the First generation has forged this very long blade. He was born in 1598 as a son of Yoshiie. Yoshiie was also a swords smith of Hizen province. Tadakuni was a pupil of Tadayoshi the First who consolidated the foundations of Hizen-to. Tadakuni was designated Harima Daijo in 1634 at the age of 37. He passed away in 1691, aged 94. He was skilled for making very good Gunome-midare Hamon with deep Nioikuchi.
His swords was ranked at Shinto-Josaku.
Tsuba : Pine tree and flowers are engraved on round iron Tsuba with gold color.
Fuchikashira : Cherry blossom engraved on iron plate with silver color.
Saya : Cherry blossom Makie are lacquered with gold nd silver color on Black roiro Saya.
Menuki : Some Kanji characters (words are hidden under Tsukamaki) are engraved on Shakudo plate with gold color.
Kozuka : Kirimon holy crest engraved on wooden Kozuka with gold color.
Kogatana : Signature mentioned as ‘Kanemoto’.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
NBTHK Tokubetsu Kichou paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.