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Hizen Tadayoshi Roku Dai Wakizashi
A wakizashi signed, Omi no Kami Tadayoshi. This is the work of the sixth generation Tadayoshi who was active around Tenmei (1781 - 1789). Shinogizukure, iroi mune, chu kissaki, shallow sori. Hawatare: 1 shaku 3 sun (39.39 cm or 15.5"). The hamon is chu suguba ko-midare based in ko nie, widening as slightly from the machi toward the yokote, then widening significantly as it approaches and crosses the yokote. There is fine ha nie, becoming brighter and more profuse toward the front of the blade. The jigane is a nishiji hada with ji nie. The boshi is not a classic komaru associated with the Tadayoshi / Tadahiro. It is rosoku or tsukiage with a long kaeri. He is rated Josaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, rated with a single triangle in Nihon To Meikan, and valued at 2,200,000 yen in Shibata's Toko Taikan. NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Kanteisho. Mounted in shirasaya, niju foil habaki, and with accompanying koshirae.
Koshirae: The saya is a wonderful ribbed black makie of a manufacture no longer being produced. The ribs are formed from layered and carved lacquer, not simulated by lacquering over cord. The kojiri is shaukdo with fine even nanako, and trimmed in gold. The fuchi-kashira are signed, Kikuoka Mitsutomo (1775 - 1813), the second master of the Kikuoka school. Ref. Haynes H 05469.0, Wakayama's Toso Kodogu Meiji Taikei Vol. I, pages 74 -76. The large menuki are beautifully carved and chased in silver and gold, and there is kin sabi. The futokoromono are deep blue blak shakudo with fu dogs on a fine even nanako ground. The tsuba is Ko Mino is yamagane with the design of gold cherry blossom floating on keibori waves, the mimi is shakudo, and probably from Momoyama times.
Afer his father's death, he changed his signature from Tadahiro to Tadayoshi. He received the title of Omi no Kami in Kansei 2 (1790), so this blade dates from Kansei times (1789 - 1801) or later. His work is in the style of the fifth Tadayoshi. He died in the 12th year of Bunka (1815).
Wonderful Menuki, Excellent Same & Multiple String Tsuka Ito
Shakudo Nanako Futokoromono
Ko Mino Tsuba
A slightly Atypical Boshi For Tadayoshi
NBTHK Tokubestu Kicho Kanteisho