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A O-Wakizashi by Nidai (2nd Gen.) Hizen Tadahiro
Edo period – Kanbun era 1661-1673 AD.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon
Swordsmith: Tadahiro Nidai (2nd Gen.)
Nagasa (Cutting edge length): 58.8 ~ 23.15″ (1 shaku 9 sun 4 bu)
Sori (Curvature): 1.3 cm ~ 1/2″
Motohaba: 3 cm ~ 1 25/32″
Hada: Koitame w/ ji-nie & chikei
Hamon: Nie-deki gunome midare w/ ashi & yo
Nakago: Suriage, 2 Mekugiana
Nakago jiri: Ha agari kurijiri
Signature, katana-mei: Ômi no Daijô Fujiwara Tadahiro (近江大掾藤原忠広)
Certificate: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon (a sword Extraordinarily Worthy of Conservation by the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Koshirae: late Edo period koshirae mounted on tsunagi (wooden blade) with nice red lacquer saya w/kojiri (with waves) including brocade covered display box
Tsuba- Iron Shoami with worm eaten wood theme signed Shigenobu, round in shape, mid-Edo
Fuchi-kashira- golden rabbits on waves
Menuki- leaves with engraving.
Habaki- Kinkise koshi Yūjō, A gold foil habaki with design originally made by Yūjō
Fujishiro’s reference: Jo Jo Saku (Above Superior made)
Hawley’s: 70 points
Toko taikan / Dr Tokuno: 800 man yen (very highly regarded)
Sharpness rating: Kokan Kaji Biko by Yamada Asaemon- rated as O Wazamono (formidable cutting ability).
Included: Koshirae with brocade covered display box, Shirasaya, carry bag
This is a O-Wakizashi by nidai (2nd generation) Tadahiro signed Ômi no Daijô Fujiwara Tadahiro (近江大掾藤原忠広). He was born in Saga, Hizen 1614. His given name was Hashimoto Heishiro. A renowned swordsmith second generation (Nidai) Tadahiro began working with his father, Shodai (first generation) Tadayoshi at the young age of ten. Working by the side of his father and other great smiths such as Shodai Masahiro and Yoshinobu, Tadahiro took over leadership of the school at the age of nineteen when his father died in 1632. He then changed his name from Hashimoto Heishiro to Hashimoto Shinsaemon. It is said that his new name appears on a family document pledging to the Shogunate that the Hashimoto family would not sell swords for export to foreign countries. As head of the Tadayoshi School, second generation Tadahiro always signed his name Tadahiro and never Tadayoshi. In July of 1641, after only nine years after taking over the Tadayoshi School, he was given the honorific title of “Omi Daijo”. He was only 28. Nidai Tadahiro died at the age of 81 in the sixth year of Genroku or 1693. His works span an incredible 60 years. The high quality of his work makes him one of the most prized artisans, legendary among Hizen smiths. This signed wakizashi was made in the Kanbun era (circa 1661-1673) during the twilight era of his career. It is with a nice koshirae in brocade covered box. The blade is with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate.
Signature (mei) Translation :
Ômi no Daijô Fujiwara Tadahiro (Nidai)
kantei-sho (鑑定書) No 1002684
wakizashi, mei: Ômi no Daijô Fujiwara Tadahiro (近江大掾藤原忠広)
nagasa 1 shaku 9 sun 4 bu
Migi wa tô-kyôkai ni oite shinsa no kekka, tokubetsu-hozon-tôken to kantei-shi kore o shô-suru.
Heisei nijûrokunen hachigatsu jûyonichi (平成二十六年八月十四日)
kôeki-zaidan-hôjin (公益財團法人): Nihon Bijutsu Tôken Hozon Kyôkai (日本美術刀劍保存協會)
wakizashi, signed: Ômi no Daijô Fujiwara Tadahiro
nagasa ~ 58.8 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society we judged this work as authentic and designate
it as tokubetsu-hozon-tôken.
August 14th 2014
Brocade Covered box
– Box front latches –
Tsuba: Iron Shoami with worm eaten wood theme signed Shigenobu, round in shape, mid-Edo
Kojiri (End cap – saya)
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