肥前国近江守忠吉
Hizen no Kuni Omi no Kami Tadayoshi
SCHOOL Hizen
PERIOD Late Edo Jidai: circa, 1790-1815
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon 2006 
MEI "Hizen no Kuni Omi no Kami Tadayoshi" 
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 2.2 Million Yen
FORM Katana (Tachi mei)
NAGASA 69.4 cm, 27.24 inches
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Torii-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 1.4 cm
KISSAKI Chu-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 2.8 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 7 mm
MOTOHABA 2.9 cm
SAKIHABA 2.4 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kurijiri 
MEKUGIANA 1
YASURIME  Katte-sagari




Hamon :   Ko-nie-deki chu suguha. The nioi guchi is bright and vivid. The nioi-guchi is wide in the monouchi there are long inazuma.

Boshi :  Ko-maru with a short return in the Hizen style. The boshi nioi-guchi is bright and nie hataraki can be seen.

Kitae :  Ko-nuka hada of the Hizen tradition. Ji-nie and chikei are present. Misty nie-utsuri is present near the shinogi-ji.


About this sword :   This is a katana by the 6th generation Hizen Tadayoshi. He is commonly referred to as "Rokudai Tadayoshi" (6th generation Tadayoshi). He is a highly regarded mainline Hizen smith. Ranked Jo Saku by Fujishiro and 2,200,000 yen in the Toko Taikan. Rokudai Tadayoshi was the second son of the 5th generation Tadayoshi. He was born in 1736, received his title in 1790 and passed away in 1815. So this blade was made in that 25 year span.

Hizen katana often have a sugata that is different from other shinto swords. The sori is a graceful torii-zori with an elegant even taper as we see in this katana. The suguha hamon compliments this sugata perfectly. The control of the smith in making this hamon, with no clumping or dim areas in the nioi-guchi, tightly forged konuka hada, combined with the elegance and grace of the sugata are factors that draw so many to an admiration of Hizen-to.

This sword is in full Japanese polish. There are some minor scratches and blemishes as shown in the photos. There are no kizu or flaws in this sword. There is no shintetsu and the blade is very healthy. This is a Jishin saku work. Made by the smith himself and with his best effort.

This is a wonderful ubu katana by Rokudai Tadayoshi. It is over 27 inches long with a gorgeous nakago and showing text-book Hizen workmanship. As mentioned above, it comes with a NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper. It also comes with a gold wash habaki, shira saya with horn inserts and a storage bag. A great opportunity to own a Tokubetsu Hozon, main-line, flawless, signed and ubu Jo-saku Hizen katana.

$10,500




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