KATANA

HAGASHIYAMA YOSHIHIRA

TENNA c. 1681 SHINTO

JOJOSAKU / WAZAMONO

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: HIGASHIYAMA JU YOSHIHIRA

DATE: GEN ROKU JU NI NEN NI GATSU BI

NAGASA: 71.43cm (28.125")

OVERALL: 88.26cm (34.75")

MIHABA: 2.85cm (1.125")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.90cm (0.75")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME / KO-MOKUME

HAMON: GUNOME MIDARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE COPPER

GUNTO KOSHIRAE

 

KATANA

HAGASHIYAMA YOSHIHIRA

Katana with the inscription Hagashiyama Ju Yoshihira.  Hagashiyama Yoshihira  was a descendent of the Umetada Myoju School, and was called Umetada Sukesaburo. He was said to be the third son of Umetada Shigeyoshi. Hagashiyama Yoshihira signed several different mei over the span of  his lifetime including Muneyuki, Yoshitake, Takamitsu as well as Yoshihira.  It is written that he was expelled from the Muneyuki mon for assuming the title of "Echizen no Daijo" without proper authority (???). 

Hagashiyama Yoshihira works are rated Wazamono for their sharpness and Fujishiro rates his skill as Jojosaku.

This katana was obviously someone's family blade as it was re-mounted into Gunto koshirae with a family Mon of crossed feathers attached.  The sword is in overall good condition. The polish is a little subdued, but the blade is in overall satisfactory condition, and most everything can still be seen. The polish in the boshi is dull, though in hand the hamon is clearly present (guaranteed), however it was near impossible for me to capture it in the photos.  There are small areas of light scuffs, hike kizu or surface scratches, kitte ware, stains, etc., but nothing at all serious or much less  fatal.  The hada is Itame with Ko-mokume. The hamon is gunome midare in nioiguchi with uniform ko-nie. There are chikei and fine sunagashi as well.  The Habaki is one piece copper, which looks to have been blackened, though some of the finish has worn away as seen in the photo.  The Nakago has an unusual shaped nakagojiri. I have no idea why it was shaped this way, but the patina looks the same throughout leading myself to believe it was done at the time of manufacture or at least sometime shortly thereafter. 

The Koshirae is good condition with minor scuffs and dings from wear and use. The koshirae is missing the Chuha-dome or safety latch (see photos). The fuchi doesn't look to be original to the koshirae as the holes don't line up perfectly, but that is the way it came.  These should be easy enough to replace if so desired.

 

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