前伯州信高入道
Zen Hakushu Nobutaka Nyudo
SCHOOL Owari
PERIOD Shinto - Circa Kanei (1624-1644)
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Nintei-sho 1960  
MEI "Zen Hakushu Nobutaka Nyudo"  
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku  
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 4 Million Yen  
FORM Tanto
NAGASA 27.6 cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Slight tori-zori with uchi-zori
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 5 mm
MOTOHABA 2.8 cm
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with ha-agari kuri-jiri 
MEKUGIANA Two
YASURIME  Kesho with sugikai



Hamon :   Ko-nie deki suguha with ashi. The nioi-guchi is bright.

Boshi :   Ko maru with medium kaeri.

Kitae :   Mokume hada mixed with masame and somewhat hadatachi. Strong ji-nie consisting of ko-nie can be seen. Bo-usturi is present.


About this sword :   This is a wakizashi by the second generation Owari Nobutaka. He was active in early Edo times Kanei (1624-1644). His common name was Kawamura Hoki and he was the son of the 1st gen Hoki no Kani Nobutaka. He was born in 1603 and became the head of the family in 1633. He received his title of "Hoki no Kami" in 1633 and retired in 1662. He also used the mei of "Zen Hakushu...", as with this example. He is the only Owari Nobutaka to use this mei. Thus, this tanto can be identified as his work with certainty. He passed away in September of 1689 at the age of 87.

This blade is in old polish. There are some light scratches and minor blemishes on the polish. The quality of the polish is high, especially in the clarity of the ji hataraki. This blade has no kizu and is healthy.

This wakizashi is accompanied by a late Edo period koshirae. This koshirae is quite a special one. It is made entirely of Ebony. The deep black color is the actual color of the finished wood. The various figures include GuanYu, ZhangFei and others. The carving is well done. The faces show personalty and details like the key-fret work and panel background patters are impressive. The kogai and kozuka are carved as part of the saya. They are sculptural elements of the saya rather than being removable. It may be that this koshirae was commissioned as a gift to some one on an occasion of note. The carved seal of the maker is on the ura by the jiri. The habaki is an old gold foil example. The entire koshirae is well preserved and looks stunning on display.

This Nobutaka has an 1960 NBTHK Koshu Tokubetsu paper. This was the highest rank below Juyo at that time. A zaimei, papered tanto with koshirae by one of the most important Owari shinto smiths.

$6250





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