KATANA

HIZEN HIROSADA

SHINTO c. 1684

CHUJOSAKU

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: HIZEN NO KUNI JU FUJIWARA HIROSADA

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 67.95cm (26.75")

OVERALL: 84.77cm (33.375")

MIHABA: 3.02cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.625cm (0.25")

SORI: cm (0.875")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: TWO

YASURIME: O-SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: CHOJI

BOSHI: O-MARU

KISSAKI: CHU

HABAKI: ONE PIECE GOLD FOIL

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

SHIRASAYA

 

KATANA

HIZEN HIROSADA

SHINTO c. 1684

CHUJOSAKU

 

The Hizen Tadayoshi school of sword smith's needs no introduction, and are highly prized worldwide.

 It all began with the Shodai Tadayoshi who was born in 1572, and known as Hashimoto Shinsaemonjo. Shodai Tadayoshi at age 25 became an apprentice to Umetada Myoju in Kyoto, who is known as the founder of the Shinto Sword. The "Tada" character was given to him by Umetada. After a three year apprenticeship Tadayoshi returned to his home in Hizen Province, where he set up the Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji. The Hizen Tadayoshi Kaji extended through nine mainline generations, ending with the death of the 9th generation Hizen Tadayoshi in 1880.

This Katana is inscribed Hizen no Kuni Ju Fujwara Hirosada.  Hizen Hirosada was a younger half brother and disciple to Shodai Tadayoshi. He was the son of the first generation Kanehiro. His works were gunome choji and some suguha, with this example being choji midare. The hada is Itame which is coarser in the shinogiji. There are chikei within the ji.  The hamon is again choji midare with many activities such as; yo, inazuma, nijuba, nie, hakikake, etc..  As with most swords, there may be a few very small areas of light scuffs, hike kizu or surface scratches, kitte ware, stains, etc., but nothing serious or fatal. The Habaki is one piece gold foil.  The Shirasaya is above average with ivory Hatome.

 

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