肥前国橋本新左衛門藤原忠吉
Hachidai Tadayoshi
SCHOOL Hizen
PERIOD Dated: August,1839
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NTHK Kanteisho 75 points  
MEI "Hizen no Kuni Hashimoto Shinzaemon Fujiwara Tadayoshi"
"Tenpo Ju Nen Hachi Gatsu Hi" 
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 2.5 Million Yen
FORM Katana (Tachi mei)
NAGASA 65.2 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Torii-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 1.4 cm
KISSAKI Chu-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 4.0 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 7 mm
MOTOHABA 3.3 cm
SAKIHABA 2.3 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kurijiri 
MEKUGIANA 1
YASURIME  Katesagari




Hamon :   Ko-nie deki chu suguha. Tight nioi guchi. Many ko-ashi are present. Kuchigaiba and kinsugi can be seen.

Boshi :  Notare komi with a slightly pointed ko-maru and kaeri.

Kitae :  Konuka hada of the Hizen tradition. There is misty ji-nie all over the ji.


About this sword :   This is a katana by the 8th generation Hizen Tadayoshi. He is commonly referred to as "Hachidai Tadayoshi" (8th generation Tadayoshi). He is a highly regarded mainline Hizen smith. Ranked Jo Saku by Fujishiro and 2,500,000 yen in the Toko Taikan. Hachidai Tadayoshi was the son of the 7th generation Tadayoshi. He was born in 1800 and passed away at age 59 in 1859. He was the Imperial Archives Keeper in his later years. This is a responsibility of significant importance and something beyond the duties of a typical craftsman of the time. Fujishiro states that Hachidai Tadayoshi was offered a title but he refused it. It is interesting to think about the personality of sword-smiths and how this can show through in the character and quality of their work. This blade's mei is Hachidai Tadayoshi's full mei with his personal name. This blade is also dated, August of 1839. Made when he was 39 years old and in the prime of his ability. The proud mei of this katana is strongly cut and the nakago condtion is ideal. This sword is in old polish. There are some surface scratches as shown in the photos. There is a small fukure near the shinogi-ji in the ura koshi. (see photo) There is no shintetsu, no ware and the blade is very healthy.

This katana comes with a koshirae. The tosugu consists of old tosogu and the tsuka ito shows age. The profile of the saya is large in comparison to the tsuka and rear seppa. This saya was probably a replacement due to breakage in use etc... The saya has been laqured in recent times. The tsuba is a singed "Kunihiro". There are matching silver foil seppa. There is a sliver habaki and copper menuki of dragons with shakudo katakiribori fuchi kashira.

This katana received a 75 point Kanteisho paper from the NTHK at the 2004 Chicago shinsa(see worksheet below). This is an nice katana by Hachidai Tadayoshi showing text-book Hizen workmanship of the top Hizen smith of the shin-shinto period. As mentioned above, it comes with a koshirae and an NTHK kanteisho paper. A great opportunity to own a ubu, main-line, signed and dated Jo saku Hizen katana.

$5900




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