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Wakizashi : Hizen Koku Juu Fuji(Ikakire)


Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Hozon Paper)

Signature: Hizen Koku Juu Fuji(Ikakire) (Fujiwara Tadahiro 2dn generation)

Shinto Jojosaku: Oowazamono: Hizen province.
The blade was polished.
Habaki: Manji kamon double Habaki (Copper and gold color).
Blade length : 48.2 cm or 18.97 inches.
Sori : 1.0 cm or 0.39 inches.
Mekugi: 2
Width at the hamachi : 3.05 cm or 1.20 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.32 cm or 0.91 inches.
Kasane : 0.58 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Edo period. around Kanbun era.
Shape : The blade is about 3 cm suriaage machiokuri nakago(small cut shortened but whole signature is mentioned)
The blade is wide and thick Wakizashi.
Jitetsu :Ko-itame hada well grained with jinie attach. Konuka-hada.
Hamon : Niedeki Gunome midare and notare hamon mixed with rather thick nioikuchi. There are Yo and double Hamon.

Special feature : Tadahiro was born Heisakuro Hashimoto as a legitimate son of Tadayoshi the First. Tadahiro was only19 years old when his father passed away in1632 but he was enough skillful to forge sword at that time. Tadahiro designated the Omi-Daijo in 1641, aged 29 and continued not only forging sword but also supervised many students until his death in 1693, aged 80. He is known as a skillful swordsmith almost all works are above the standard hizen-to. He had been forged sword for a long period of time to leave the largest number of swords among the swordsmiths of Hizen school. He was good at both of Suguha-hamon and Gunome-midare Hamon. Especially the beauty of jitetsu called konuka-hada is appreciated as the best among the hizen-to. His swords are ranked at the Owaza-mono because of the sharpness.
This blade is Suriage Machiokuri and has a Hakobore around Hamachi part. But this Hamon and Jitetsu are very nice.

NBTHK Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.

Price:JPY 350,000-.