A TAMESHIGIRI, WAKIZASHI BY; HIZEN MASAHIRO. HORIMONO OF "FUDO" THE DEITY
OF WAR, AND GUARDIAN OF SAMURAI. THE ENGRAVING STYLE IS THAT OF
"MUNENAGA", WHO WAS ONE OF THE FINEST MASTERS OF THE PERIOD, HIS WORK
COMMANDS HIGH PREMIUM PRICES. "MUNENAGA" WORKED EXCLUSIVELY FOR
MASAHIRO, & OMI DAIJO TADAHIRO, FOR MANY YEARS. THE SWORD FITTING'S (
KODOGU) ARE 100 % IN SUITE. THE THEME IS THE "GOD FUDO", THUS THE TERM
"WARRIOR'S SWORD", THERE WORKMANSHIP IS SOME OF THE FINEST AVAILABLE,
AND THE "TAKANOHA" (CROSSED HAWK'S FEATHER'S) FAMILY MON (CREST)
HABAKI ( SEALING, COLLAR AROUND THE BLADE BASE ) IS A WORK OF ART, IN
ITS OWN RIGHT.
THE BLADE WAS PRODUCED IN HIZEN PROVINCE, BY 1st. GENERATION MASAHIRO,
C - 1624 AD. HE WAS A CONTEMPORARY OF HIZEN TADAHIRO, AND ONE OF THE
FINEST MAKERS OF THE TADAYOSHI SCHOOL, BOTH HE AND TADAHIRO WERE SWORD
MAKERS TO THE FAMOUS "DAIMYO HASHIMOTO". HE IS RATED "UPPER CLASS" ( JO
- SAKU ). THE FIRST NAME HE USED AS A SWORD SMITH, WAS "MASANAGA", HIS
GIVEN NAME WAS "SADENJIRO", HE RECEIVED THIS FROM HIS FATHER
"YOSHINOBU". HIS RATHER SHORT, BUT PROLIFIC CAREER ENDED IN KAN-BUN THE
5th. YEAR, OR 1665 AD., AT THE AGE OF "59" YEARS. HIS WORKS ARE SELDOM
SEEN, AND QUITE SCARCE. THIS IS THE ONLY WAKIZASHI WITH A CUTTING TEST
THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN, OR HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF!
IT IS IN SUPERB CONDITION, AND HAS A FRESH POLISH, WITH A TSUNAGI ( WOODEN
BLADE ), AND SHIRA-SAYA ( STORAGE SCABBARD ). THERE ARE NO FLAWS.
THE CUTTING TEST IS BY " YAMANO NAGAHISA", AND VERY EARLY. A BIT OF THE
ZOGAN ( GOLD INLAY ) HAS FALLEN OUT, OVER THE PAST 348 YEARS ( IT COULD
BE REPLACED ). THE PIECE IS RATED "TOKUBETSU HOZON" BY THE N.B.T.H.K.!
THIS IS TRULY A "MUSEUM CLASS" WORK OF ART.
YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO CALL 1 815 465 2299, AT ANYTIME WITH QUESTIONS.
The Hizen schools notable
characteristics were that all katana were signed tachi mei, with wakizashi and
tanto signed katana mei. The preferred style of hamon was suguba, midare and
notare (with some examples of choji-midare) with brilliant nie; (The mainline
Tadayoshi smiths mastered the Rai school style of suguba hamon). Hada was
typically very tightly forged ko-mokume (often referred to nashiji hada). The
sori of their swords was considered nearly perfect for cutting among the
In the late 16th century, the feudal lord Nabeshima Naoshige would write a set of wall inscriptions for his followers. Historians describe the wall inscriptions as "Everyday wisdom, rather than house laws proper" Lord Nabeshima's written works also include a mention of bushido:
- "Bushido is in being crazy to die. Fifty or more could not kill one such a man"
In 1584, Nabeshima Naoshige was the chief retainer for the Lord of Hizen until he was killed in battle by the forces of the powerful Shimazu Clan. After his lord's death, Nabeshima became the true leader of the fiefdom and fought against the Shimazu again in 1587. A Sengoku era warlord, Nabeshima distinguished himself in battle by killing hundreds of men. He was later sent on Hideyoshi's Korean campaigns where he struck up a friendship with Kato Kiyomasa and upon his return to Hizen, Tokugawa Ieyasu.
At Sekigahara, Lord Nabeshima's son, Katsushige, was convinced to take sides against Tokugawa Ieyasu. Nabeshima wisely recalled him to attack Tokugawa's enemies in Kyushu, thus saving the clan from disaster. Historians describe Nabeshima as "a survivor and a man of quick intelligence" who saved his domain from invasion several times. His actions and sayings are immortalized in the third chapter of the Hagakure by writer Tsunetomo Yamamoto, a close attendant of Nabeshima Naoshige's grandson, Mitsushige.
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