Mu-mei w/Attribution to:

den Bishu Nobutaka [Owari] Sandai (3rd Generation)

Shinto, Kanbun 1661-1673 AD

N.T.H.K. Certificate

 

 

Swordsmith: mu-mei attributed to den Bishu Nobutaka (信高)

Type: Wakizashi

Location: Owari

Period: Shinto, Kanbun 1661-1673         

Approx measurements: Nagasa (cutting edge length): 56 cm; Motohaba (width):  2.5 cm; Sori (curvature): 2 bu   

Shape: Shinogi-zukuri

Boshi: ko-maru-kaeri

Kissaki: chu (medium size)

Kitae: ko-itame

Hamon: gunome-midare                 

Nakago: o-suriage, two mekugiana

Habaki: one piece copper (original), solid silver once piece (upgrade, pictured)

Signature: Mu-mei attributed to Bishu Nobutaka (信高)

Certificate: N.T.H.K Kanteisho (Important work) 70 pts, 2017 West Coast NTHK shinsa- certificate, below, See shinsa work sheet further below.

Ratings: Fujishiro's chu-jo saku (above average made), Toko-taikan 3.5m., rated wazamono (sharp)

Condition:  This is an excellent blade overall! There is a scuff line from rubbing in the shirasaya (normal). This is an excellent blade for the new collector, martial artist, or a collector. With new solid silver habaki & honoki shirasaya.

  Included: Shirasaya, carry bag

Note: Nobutaka (信高) sandai (3rd generation) is know by his civilian name as Kawamura Sannojo born approx 1631. Early on he used Nobuteru (信照) as his working name. In 1665 at the approx age of 34 he received the honorary title of "Hoki no Kami". He passed away in the eighth month of Hōei four (宝永, August 1707) at the age of 76.

The Nobutaka line is a branch of the famous "Owari San-saku" consisting of shodai Masatsune, Ujifusa and Nobutaka smiths. The Nobutaka school began in 1596 (Keicho) with Nobutaka shodai (1st generation). The Nobutaka line became in high demand starting with shodai in the quickly expanding Owari province due to the Owari Tokugawa and the demands of the Tokugawa Kenjutsi instructor, Yagyu Renyasai Shigekane. With the start of the Meiji restoration the Nobutaka line ended in 1868 (Keicho) with Nobutaka judai (10th generation) and his student Nobumasa (信正).  *See genealogy chart following.

 

Certificate translation
 

kantei-sho (鑑定書) ‒Appraisal

Den Bishū Nobutaka (伝尾州信⾼

shōshin (正真) ‒Authentic

nagasa 1 shaku 8 sun 6 bu kore ari (⻑さ壱尺⼋⼨五分有之) ‒Blade length ~ 56.0 cm

Heisei 29 nen 8 gatsu 4 nichi (平成⼆⼗九年⼋⽉四⽇ ‒August 4, 2017

Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (⽇本⼑剣保存会) ‒NTHK

No 18516

meibun (銘⽂ ‒Signature: mumei (無銘) ‒unsigned

kitae (鍛) ‒Forging: ko-itame

hamon (刃紋) ‒Hardening: gunome-midare

bōshi (鋩⼦ ‒Hardening in tip: sugu with a ko-maru-kaeri

nakago (中⼼ ‒Tang: mekugi-ana (⽬釘⽳ 2, yasurime (鑢): kiri

bikō (備考) ‒Remarks: around Kanbun (寛⽂ 1661-1673)

shinsaʼin natsuʼin (審査員捺印) ‒Seals of Judges: 4 seals

*Book page image: Courtesy - Markus Sesko (Author), E Genealogies and Schools of Japanese Swordsmiths (page 184), Click to purchase


 

 

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