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