肥前住播摩大掾藤原忠國
Hizen ju Harima no Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni
SCHOOL Hizen
PERIOD Shinto: circa, Keian (1648-1652)
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Hozon Token 2008 (blade)
NBTHK Hozon Tosogu 2004 (koshirae)  
MEI "Hizen ju Harima no Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni" 
FUJISHIRO RANKING Jo Saku
TOKO TAIKAN RANKING 6 Million Yen
FORM Katana (Tachi mei)
NAGASA 67.4 cm
SUGATA  Shinogi-zukuri
SORI Tori-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 1.4 cm
KISSAKI Ko-Kissaki
KISSAKI MEASUREMENT 2.5 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 6 mm
MOTOHABA 2.9 cm
SAKIHABA 1.6 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Slight tanagobara with iriyamagata-jiri 
MEKUGIANA 2
YASURIME  Sujikai




Hamon :   Ko-nie-deki gunome choji midare. The nioi guchi is thick and bright. There are many naga-ashi and yo. Some of the ashi nearly reach the ha-saki.

Boshi :  Ko-maru with a short return in the Hizen style.

Kitae :  Ko-mokume hada. Ji-nie can be seen all over the hada and many chikei are present.


About this sword :   A fine katana by the first generation Hizen Tadakuni. He was active around Keian (1648-1652) and is a famous figure in the study of Hizen-to and Jo Saku shinto. He was born in the third year of Keicho (1598) and was the son of Hizen Yoshiiye. His initial mei was Hironori. He changed his name to Tadakuni when he received the title of Harima no Daijo in 1634. He then became the Ogi fief smith. This katana dates to the prime of his career and is signed tachi mei: "Hizen-ju Harima no Daijo Fujiwara Tadakuni". He passed away on the 22nd day of Genroku four (1691) at the age of 94.

This katana is in full Japanese polish. It is healthy and has no kizu. This blade exhibits Tadakuni's text-book style of vivid, ko-mokume with ji-nie covering the hada, known as Hizen's konuka-hada. The hamon is his forte of nie-deki gunome-choji midare with a well-controlled nioi-guchi. The shodai Tadakuni is ranked at Jo Saku by Fujishiro, six million Yen in the Toko Taikan and ranked as Wazamono by the Yamada family for the cutting ability of his works.

The shape of this blade is elegant with pronounced sori and a tapering mihaba. The nakago has a unique sugata, with slight tanago-bara narrowing near the jiri. Please see the reference photo below from Fujishiro's Shinto Hen showing an identical nakago example by the Shodai Tadakuni. This kind of smith-specific trait is a joy to study. We can also see the classic "fish hook" shape at the top right of the "Tada" kanji, a heavy tagane and deep dot at the top of "ma" from Harima - all traits of the Shodai. For those that enjoy detailed study of nakago, this blade has extra enjoyment to offer.

This katana has an Edo period handachi koshirae. The fuchi, kashira, koiguchi, kurikata, semekanamono and kojiri all matching. The are made of suaka (pure copper) with nanako and feature raised borders with family mons. The tsuba is a moko-gata with large outer plates, referred to as seppa on the origami. Both the tsuba and the seppa are made of shinchu (brass). One of the plates is loose from the main web. This is a non-issue when the koshirae is assembled. The menuki are shakudo with gold details and appear to be Goto work. The saya has an ishime ji and is in great condition overall.

This is a wonderful ubu zaimei katana by Hizen Tadakuni. The Edo period handachi koshirae makes this an especially attractive package. It comes with two NBTHK Hozon papers, one for the blade and one for the koshirae. It also comes with a gold foil habaki, shira saya, tsunagi and two storage bags. A great opportunity to own a mounted, polished, signed, ubu Jo-saku Hizen katana.

$15,500




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