Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
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  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon
  • Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon

Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan Mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon

€15,289.26

A unique Japanese Wakizashi from the famous blacksmith Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka from Echizen with a gold Saidan or Tameshigiri mei.

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Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Tameshi Saidan-mei Wakizashi + NBTHK Hozon

A unique Japanese Wakizashi from the famous blacksmith Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka from Echizen with a gold Saidan or Tameshigiri mei.

There have been several generations of shigetaka and the first blacksmith in the muromachi period was born in Iida in the Shinshu domain. He learned from the blacksmith kanenori 兼則 and accompanied him to Echizen prefecture. The first generations were titled Harima-daijō 播磨大掾. This wakizashi comes from the Kanbun period (寛文), which is in the Japanese era after Manji and before Enpō. This period ran from April 1661 to September 1673.

The blade is signed Harima Daijo Fujiwara Shigetaka 播磨大掾藤原重高 Echizen Ju 越前住. The mei aan omote contains many characters and begins with the official district title Harima-daojō granted by the Imperial Court, then the name of the fujiware clan and as usual the name of the blacksmith shigetaka. On the ura side the place echizen ju is carved. The special thing about this wakizashi is of course the golden saidan Mei Kanbun 8 Nen 11 Gatsu 22 Nichi Futatsu Do Saidan Hitomi Denbei Shigetsugu(Kao) (金象嵌)寛文八年十一月廿二日貮胴裁断人見伝兵衛重次(花押). This means that Mr. Hitomi Denbei Shigetsugu easily cut two torsos on November 22, 1668 with this wakizashi.

Most likely given the year of testing a second generation Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka wakizashi. Shigetaka is really a blacksmith of the second golden age of sword-making in Japan, also called the "Keisho Shinto Period".

This blacksmith made many blades and only the one that met expectations got a Signature (most blacksmiths did). The Nakago has not been polished or cleaned and is an adequate indicator of the antiquity of this wakizashi.

Before the Edo period around 1600 there were continuous civil wars in Japan and under the Tokugawa shogunate there was a long period of more peace and quiet. This wakizashi falls under Shinto (new swords) and therefore has more attention in its appearance. During koto, so before 1600, the swords were often tested in practice by the samurai during the many wars, then it quickly became clear whether a sword was of quality during battle. The Japanese art of testing the quality of swords is called tameshigiri, which literally means test cut. During the Edo period there were fewer conflicts and to test the quality of the blades highly skilled swordsmen were selected.

Several targets were chosen to test the sharpness and quality of these swords, sometimes involving the use of corpses. But of course the most famous is executing by tameshigiri on convicted criminals.

Today, this form has evolved into a Japanese martial art where a practitioner focuses on demonstrating the skill with a sword.

The nakago or tang on this blade features a saidan mei inlaid in gold from which you can deduce that Hitomi Denbei Shigetsugu cut two torsos on November 22, 1668. Futatsu do is translated as cutting through two bodies.

The most famous sword tester in the early Edo period is Yamano Ka'emon Nagahisa, who may have been the first sword tester to have the results of such tests inlaid in gold on the blade's nakago. Such a kinzogan mei includes the date, name and personal seal (kao), often what kind of cut and by how many bodies. This was taken over by professional sword testers who had the test results immortalized with a gold inlay.

There is a story here that a convicted criminal joked that if he had known he was going to be executed by tameshigiri he would have swallowed large stones to damage the sword.

The jigane or steel is nice and full and has a dark appearance. The kitae-hada with a somewhat rough itame (wood grain) and masame (straight grain) hada with very visible grain. The changing hada techniques clearly show that we are dealing with an experienced blacksmith, who has a visible eye for the traditional way of forging the steel. A suguha hamon in nie with a deep Nioikuchi. Besides the main hamon you can discover the nijuba line.

The differential hardening has resulted in a tight hamon in this case. This clay treatment of the blade by heating it to different thicknesses and then quenching it (Yaki-ire) in water ensures optimum steel properties. The slower cooling of the spine produces relatively tougher steel and the edge reaches a higher hardness.

The Hakikake boshi (point) is beautifully smooth and round and provides a high-quality finish.

The sugata is shinogi-zukuri with a typical kanbun appearance with a flowing sori with a long kissaki.

The nakago or tang is ubu or original with two mekugi ana. The Nakago has not been polished or cleaned and is an adequate indicator of the antiquity of this katana.

Koshirae

The tsuba is marugata sukashi with a symmetrical geometric pattern. Despite its abstract features, this might well reflect a torii (鳥居), or gate at the entrance of Shinto shrines. These geometric patterns often had a deeper layer in the design. The Menuki with shakudo is also what contains an image of kikumon or Chrysanthemum in combination with the sun.

The fuchi and kashira are timeless in handachi style with high-quality same or ray skin as an underlay on the tsuka.

The contrasting colors in the black and green aogai chirashi saya with sparkling pearls are beautiful.

Dimensions:

Blade length:51.5cm |

Sori:0.95cm

Mekugi: 2

Width at the hamachi:2.7cm

Width at the Kissaki:1.72cm

Kasane:0.56cm

Weight: 380grams

A perfect hand-forged and folded authentic wakizashi from edo with golden saidan or tameshigri mei and complete with NBTHK papers.

Including Oshigata. Oshigata is a drawing of the blade that records all metallurgical activities of the blade so that a good picture of the unique katana is created.

 

Never touch the katana with bare hands.

Do not breathe in the direction of the blade.

Do not rest the Katana on the kissaki.

When indicating the katana, do not point the point and the edge towards the indicated person.

When throwing up the katana it is advisable to do this in the saya.

Keep the blade well oiled at all times.

Saidan Tameshigiri Mei Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Wakizashi

Saidan Tameshigiri Mei Harima Daijyo Fujiwara Shigetaka Wakizashi Zwaard Kopen

gold saidan mei Kanbun 8 Nen 11 Gatsu 22 Nichi Futatsu Do Saidan Hitomi Denbei Shigetsugu(Kao)

katana tsuba koshirae

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