Ryujin Swords

Katana by Nidai Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka in koshirae and with shirasaya NBTHK


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Blade:

Period: Early Edo, 1624-1661.

Mei: Echizen ju Nidai Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka. The inscription on the reverse is a cutting mei that says that it was tested on two bodies.

Sugata: Shinogi-zukuri, tori-zori, iori-mune.

Overall length: 37.60 inches (955.00 mm).

Nagasa: 29.30 inches (745.00 cm) long.

Nakago: Ubu, 8.27 inches (210.00 mm), two mekugi-ana. The yasurime are indistinct, but may be katte-sagari. The nakago-jiri is kuri-jiri.

Kissaki: Chu-kissaki, 1.15 inches (29.10 mm). The boshi is o-maru with kaeri.

Moto-haba: 1.26 inches (32.00 mm). Moto-gasane: 0.28 inches (7.20 mm). Saki-haba: 0.77 inches (19.50 mm). Saki-gasane: 0.24 inches (6.20 mm).

Sori: 0.27 inches (6.80 mm).

Hamon: Irregular gunome.

Hada: Mokume.

Blade condition:

Minor scratches,but otherwise good polish. Some minor openings; no other flaws, hagirae or bends.

Mounts:

In koshirae; see pictures. The koshirae feature good quality modern Japanese fuchi-kashira and menuki, plus a nice, signed, antique tsuba. There is, for some reason, a second mekugi-ana in the tsuka, but this could easily be filled.

The shirasaya has sayagaki.

Comments:

This is typical work for the nidai Shigetaka (SHI506). His work is closer to that of the contemporary sandai and yondai Yasutsugu than it is to the shodai Shigetaka.

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