Fujiwara Takeda (fss-767)
This sword was previously purchased about 6 or 7 years ago from Japan by a client who no longer collects swords. The blade is a longish katana which is ubu with one hole. A beautifully preserved unsigned Shinto Katana that has incredible workmanship and ko-gunome/midare hamon. This blade is ubu and unsigned. A good blend of activity can be seen and appreciated within this blade in the Shinto tradition. There are a few rough areas and hadaware. This blade comes with a paper from the nthk authenticating the age and maker. It is in an older polish with a very nice set of koshirae. The pictures do not do justice to this sword and looks much better in hand. It has some hataraki and ko-nie appear. The hada is well forged with an appearance of swirling itame with mokume. The boshi is ko-maru and a bit longish . This Katana has an elegant shape and is very well balanced. The curvature is very very nice and the blade overall is well balance and not heavy. The mounts are very nice and add to the overall value of this sword.
“In Shinto times the Takada school, founded by Tomoyuki in the Nanbokucho period, still had a good number of smiths and was thriving. Members of the school are also known as the Fujiwara Takada because most used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures.”
The koshirai is of rolling cloud like formations for the fuchi / kashira.The saya is a wood like pattern in lacquer design.the menuki are of ShiShi. There is a gold washed habaki. The same is a black lacquered finish with brown ito and a brown sageo to match.. This is a lovely set of mounts with a nice longish blade. The tsuba is of iron with boars head piercings around the perimeter of the blade.
- Mei: Mumei
- Date: Edo (1600’s)
- Nagasa: 27-1/2 inches
- Sori: 9.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 29.1 mm
- Width at the yokote: 17.1 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.9 mm
- Construction: Shinogi zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Midare Gunome
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
Asking price: $5,200.00
(shipping and insurance included)
Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-767.
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kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Appraisal Den Fujiwara Takada (伝藤原高田)
shōshin (正真) – Authentic
nagasa 2 shaku 3 sun 1 bu kore ari (長さ弐尺参寸壱分有之) – Blade length ~ 70.0 cm
Heisei 24 nen 2 gatsu 10 nichi (平成二十四年二月十日) – February 10, 2012 Nihon Tōken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK
meibun (銘文) – Signature: mumei
kitae (鍛) – Forging:ko-itame mixed with masame
hamon (刃紋) – Hardening: sugu-chō gunome-midare
bōshi (鋩子) – Hardening in tip: sugu with a ko-maru-kaeri
chōkoku (彫刻) – Engravings:
nakago (中心) – Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 1, yasurime (鑢): sujikai
bikô (備考) – Remarks: Bungo province, around Jōkyō (貞享, 1684-1688)
shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 4 seals
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