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Fujishiro: TADAKUNI HARIMA NO DAIJÔ [KEIAN 1648 HIZEN] SHINTÔ JÔSAKU
He is the son of Hizen Yoshiie, and his family name is Hashimoto. In the beginning he inscribed the “MA” of Harima no Daijô as the “MA” of rub. [TN: The bottom radical in the kanji is the radical of “TE”, or hand, rather than “ISHI” or stone. Look at the fourth and tenth items in the third phrase.] In looking at his works from Kan’ei to Kanbun, the older ones say HARIMA NYÛDÔ TAITETSU, and works can be seen which have a good form, ji is ko-moku, hamon is chû-suguba or an exuberant midareba. (Wazamono)
– HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI
– HARIMA NO DAIJÔ FUJIWARA TADAKUNI
– HIZEN JÛ HARIMA NYÛDÔ FUJIWARA TAITETSU
This is a very fine example of a sword made by the first generation Tadakuni. The hada is very beautiful and the overall shape of this sword is very elegant. This smith also had the title of HARIMA NO DAIJO. He was in the Shodai Tadayoshi Mon, and worked around Kan’ei (1624-1644). The Nidai Tadakuni also had the Title of Harima no Kami, but most of the swords signed that way are by the Shodai in his later years.
Hirosada was a Hizen swordsmith and half brother to Shodai Tadayoshi. During the rise of Tadayoshi, he likely studied under the Shodai and changed his name to Yoshiie, taking the last half of Tadayoshi’s name. His own sons in order of birth were also students of the Hizen school: Kunihiro, Hironori, Hirosada (nidai), and Munehira. The pattern of these names shows that they probably began independent work before Hirosada changed his name to Yoshiie.Hironori was the second son, his civilian name was Hashimoto Rokurosaemon, and he was born in 1597. He was old enough to train directly under Shodai Tadayoshi who died in 1632 when Hironori was 35 years old. At some point before Tadayoshi died, Hironori he received the Tada character used throughout the Hizen Tadayoshi school and took on the new name Tadakuni.Tadakuni is known for a gorgeous midareba as well as works done in the tradition Hizen style of suguba. He is known for making very sharp blades and some of his work carry cutting tests from various masters proving their sharpness. Hizen swords in general carried a great reputation as both beautiful items and excellent cutting sword.Books usually say that the first generation Tadakuni used the title Harima no Daijo and the second generation is Harima no Kami. According to the NBTHK Juyo Zufu, the first generation used Harima no Kami at the end of his life. Fujishiro states that the second generation sometimes used Botan and Kiku mon in the nakago, but again we see this in Shodai Tadakuni’s late work and most of those that have passed Juyo seem to all have notes that they are the work of the Shodai. Tadakuni is a smith of great skill, ranked Jo-saku by Fujishiro and carrying the Wazamono rank for great cutting ability. He left behind 30 Juyo works, two of which bear cutting tests. Tadakuni died in 1691, at the age of 94, and at least four smiths would follow him using this name.
- Mei: HARIMA NO KAMI FUJIWARA TADAKUNI
- Date: Around Keian 1648
Nagasa: 18 3/8 “
- Sori: 9.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.0 mm
- Width at the yokote: 19.5 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.3 mm
- Construction: shinogi-zukuri
- Mune: iori
- Nakago: ubu
- Kitae: Hizen hada
- Hamon: midare suguba
- Boshi: maru
- Condition: Good polish
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Mei: HARIMA NO KAMI FUJIWARA TADAKUNI (SHODAI)
Length: 1 shaku 5 sun 3 bu
As a result of a shinsa at this organization, the above item has been designated a TOKUBETSU HOZON TOKEN, and is confirmed as authentic.
March 19, 2010
It is unusual for the NBTHK to name the generation, but they have on this sword of TOKUBETSU LEVEL. It is made from the first generation of this line of smiths.
This important sword comes in fresh polish, new silver habaki, shirasaya and with high level tokubetsu papers from the NBTHK.