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Katana Signed Tadayoshi



A nicely mounted suriage katana signed tachimei, niji Tadayoshi.  Shinogizukure, iroi mune, extended chu-kissaki, sakizori.  Hawatare: 2 shaku 2 sun 8 bu 3.6 rin (69.2 cm or 27.24"). Motohaba: 2.82 cm. Sakihaba: 2.08 cm. Kasane: 5.7  mm.  Itame hada, slightly hada tatsu,  chikei.  The blade has some scratching, and a bit of rust, but everything is visible, so a polish isn't recommended.

Good black lacquer saya with a pocket for kozuka;  shingunto tsuka; old iron tsuba.  The tsuba is round, and made from sand iron, and is very dense.  Unfortunately, much of the silver inlay on the peonies is missing.  My best guess is that it is no later than earliest Edo, and perhaps as early as Muromachi.

I can say with reasonable certainty, that this is not the work of any of the Hizen Tadayoshi, the sugata, jigane, hamon, and mei are wrong for this group of smiths. I can also rule out Awataguchi Tadayoshi, and early koto smiths.  From the sakizori, length, and extended kissaki, I would think that this is perhaps a production of around Tensho (1573 - 1592).  A good sword for the beginning collector or martial artist.       $2,000






Nijimei Tadayoshi. 



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