HIZEN TADAHIRO, NIDAI
SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI
MEI: HIZEN no DAIJO FUJWARA TADAHIRO
NAGASA: 45cm (17.75")
OVERALL: 59.53cm (23.44")
MIHABA: 2.86cm (1.125")
KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")
SORI: 1.27 cm (0.5")
MEKUGI ANA: ONE
HAMON: KO-GUNOME BASED ON SUGUHA
HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE
HORIMONO URA: NONE
HABAKI: 2 PC. GOLD FOIL
The Nidai Tadahiro, aka Omi no Daijo Tadahiro, was
the son of shodai Tadayoshi, who keep in mind was also the Shodai
Tadahiro. Hizen Yoshinobu was the adopted son of Tadayoshi and was
set to become heir to the tadayoshi school. However, when
Nidai Tadahiro was born late in Tadayoshi's life, he became blood
heir to the school. He began his career of sword making as a
mere child of only ten years old and continued until his death in
1693 at age 80. He was trained by his father Tadayoshi, as
well as the senior smith's of the school like Masahiro and Yoshinobu.
His career spanned some 70 years, making him the most prolific smith
of the Hizen school.
Like his father the nuances and variations of his mei
changed over time.
The sword is ubu, in good
polish and are without serious flaws. There are a few surface
scratches and light scuffs, and one small kittae ware under the
habaki, but again nothing serious at all as can
be seen clearly in the ample photos. The sword comes in
shirasaya and is accompanied by the older green NBTHK Kitchu papers.
Yes, I am aware of the controversy and scandal which surrounds these
green papers, however I will not be drawn into debate regarding
them. It is my job to make this word available as is. It
is your job to determine if it is for you. Papers or no papers, I
will say, that it is priced accordingly.
Again, Tadahiros works are rated
O-Wazamono by Yamada, Fujishiro rates him at Jojo Saku level,
Hawley's rates him a 70 pt smith.
$2750 plus S/H
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