出雲大掾藤原吉武
Izumo no Daijo Fujiwara Yoshitake
Katakiriba Wakizashi (Shodai)
SCHOOL Horikawa: Son of Heianjo Kunitake
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
PERIOD Kanei Circa 1624
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 4 Million yen
MEI "Izumo no Daijo Fujiwara Yoshitake" 
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 32.6 cm
SUGATA  Katakirba omote / Kanmuriotoshi-zukuri ura
SORI Slight saki-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 0.4 cm
MUNE Iori
KASANE 7mm
MOTOHABA 3cm
NAKAGO CONDITION ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with irayama-gata jiri 
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Sugikai





Hamon :  Nie deki gunome midare. The heads of the gunome are round and they are arranged in groups of two and three. There is inazuma, thick short ashi and sunagashi.

Boshi :  : Midare komi on the omote. Togari on the ura. Long return on both sides.

Kitae :   Itame with some masame. The jigane is zanguri in the Horikawa style. Lots of ji-nie. There is chikei and yubashiri.

Horimono :   Gomabasi on the omote and naginata hi on the ura.

About this sword :   Shodai Yoshitake was the son of Heainjo Kunitake, a student of Horikawa Kunihiro. He learned sword making from Dewa daijo Kunimichi. Echizen daijo Kunitsugu and Shinano daijo Tadakuni were his classmates before him. After he became independent, he made swords for his father Kunitake. There are examples of Heianjo ju Kunitake's mei that were cut by Yoshitake. His classmates Kunitsugu received his title in Kanei 14 and Tadakuni received his in Kanei 16 so we can estimate Yoshitake received his title around this time frame, circa 1637.

This wakizashi is katakiriba on the omote and kanmuriotoshi-zukuri on the ura. This sugata requires high skill to make and was popular in early Edo times. Yoshikawa Kentaro Sensei had said on several occaions that the katakiriba shape was known to cut very well. Also, Yoshitake's work is ranked as "wazamono" for excellent cutting ability.

This blade is in nice old polish. The polish quality is excellent. The lines are crisp and the hadori is well executed. The ji-nie sand out clearly on the surface and the hada pattern is admirably clear. This style of jigane is called "zanguri". It stands up and is somewhat coarse in appearance. There are two kitae-ware as shown in the photos. This is often seen in zaguri style jigane.

This sword is accompanied by a old shirasaya with horn accents and a gold wash double silver habaki. There is a section on the saya that is discolored from where a registration card (required in Japan) would have been for many years. The old purple sword bag is lined in white material and has calligraphy of "Izumo no Daijo Yoshitake , Shinto Jo Saku" and there is a tied wooden tag with the calligraphy of "Yoshitake". A fantastic shinto work in full polish and accompanied by a NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper.

HOLD



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