Wakizashi in Koshirae (NBTHK Hozon Paper)
Signature : Harima Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni.
Shinto: Josaku: Hizen
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 50.2cm or 19.76inches.
Sori : 1.3cm or 0.51inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.83cm or 1.11inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 1.94cm or 0.76inches.
Kasane : 0.64cm or 0.25inches.
Era : Edo period Circa Kanei.
Shape : It is regular width and thickness with long kissaki. It is nice shape wakizashi.
Jitetsu :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attached.
The wakizashi has the clear jigane that is uniwue to Hizen blades.
Hamon : Nie Deki with deep nioiguchi. It has high and low gunome midare
that reminds of the summer clouds. There is active sunagashi
and kinsuji works in the ha. Boushi is round hakikake style.
Special feature: This piece was made by Harima Daijyo Fujiwara
Tadakuni who is the son of First Generation Tadayoshi’s father
Hashimoto Rokurozaemon. He first engraved as Hironori.
At Kanei 11th year(1634) he has received the post of Harima
Daijyo and changed his name to Tadakuni. At his early carrier as
Harima Daijyo, he engraved the Kanji of Ma 磨 signature as different
Ma 摩. There were many pieces remaining from Kanei Period to
Kanbun period. At later age, he has called himself Harima Nyudo
Kyutetsu. He had engraved names such as Hizen Jyu Harima Daijyo
Fujiwara Tadakuni, Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Tadakuni and Hizen Ju
Harima Nyudo Kyutetsu. He was outstanding sword smith inside
the group Waki-Hizen of Hizen province.
If this piece was a katana it would be qualified as Jyuyo paper sword
and it is full of activites in the ha. It is remarkable piece of work.
Tsuba :Round shape iron tsuba with pattern engraved
and inlayed with gold. Signature: Koufu Jyu Masairi
Fuchi: Shibuichi plate with crane design engraved
and inlayed with gold kashira :Shibuichi plate
with men design engraved and inlayed with gold.
Saya : Red brown unique design saya
Menuki : Shakudo plate with bird design engraved.
Kojiri: Iron plate with flower design engraved and inlayed with gold.
NBTHK Hozon paper.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.