Yamato No Daijo Masanori (fss-714)


One of the true masters of Keicho Shinto. This smith can be found in most books and especially the ” Masters of Keicho Shinto “. A brilliant hitatsura blade forged in the Soshu style by Yamato no Daijo Fujiwara Masanori. This blade was fully restored by Kajihara in the mid-1990’s and papered by Yoshikawa-Sensei of the NTHK also. There is sayagaki by Kajihara.

This sword exhibits all that appeals to the Soshu collector without being forged by a Soshu smith. This sword is wide and massive to the touch, one side is a violent Soshu style Hitatsura while the other side is more reminiscent of the early Shimada Hitatsura. At the same time still retaining the MasaNori style gunome-choji midare in nie-deki. Ara-nie, togari-ba as well as sunagashi abound. Large clouds of tobyaki are everywhere to behold. The Nakago is Masanori’s typical style with a  very pronounced iriyamagata-Jiri. A rare style of sword by a master of Keicho Shinto that does not become available very often.

The original restoration receipt from Kajihara comes with this sword. The steel is a blackish color with a pronounced itame with  mokume covered in ji-nie. Masame can be seen as well. It is Hira-zukiri in shape and has a feeling being large in breadth.

  • Mei: Mumei
  • Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s)
  • Nagasa:15-1/2 inches
  • Sori: 15.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 31.5 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 21.7 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.2 mm
  • Construction: Hira-zukiri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Hitatsura
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish
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Information on saya:
無銘 伝大和大掾正則

mumei Den Yamato no Daijô Masanori hachô 1 shaku 3 sun 2 bu
Kôtôken + kaô

Unsigned, attributed to Yamato no Daijô Masanori Blade length ~ 40.0 cm
[Kajihara] Kôtôken + kaô

This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
On Hold

Asking price: $4,600.00

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-714.

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kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Certificate Yamato no Daijô Masanori (大和大掾正則)

shôshin (正真) – Authentic
nagasa 1 shaku 3 sun 1 bu kore ari (長さ壱尺参寸壱分有之) – Blade length ~ 39.7 cm

Heisei 6 nen 4 gatsu 3 nichi (平成六年四月三日) – April 3rd 1994 Nihon Tôken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK

No 12,794
meibun (銘文) – Signature:
kitae (鍛) – Forging:ko-itame mixed with masame
hamon (刃紋) – Hardening: gunome-midare that tends to hitatsura
bôshi (鋩子) – Hardening in tip:
chôkoku (彫刻) – Engravings:
nakago (中心) – Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 2, yasurime (鑢): katte-sagari
bikô (備考) – Remarks: Echizen province, 1st generation, around Genna (元和, 1615-1624) shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 5 seals

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