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Omi No Kami Tsuguhira Nidai Katana
A katana by the second generation Tsuguhira. Signed, Omi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhira Saku, and dated, Kampo Ni Tsuchinoyeuma Nen U Gatsu Kichijitsu (a lucky day in 1742, the 55th year of the cycle, in the month of the Hare). Hawatare: 2 shaku 0 sun 4 bu (61.816 cm or 24.337"). Shinogizukure, shallow sori, and chu kissaki. The difference in width between the motohaba and sakihaba is slight. There is a well cut bo hi on both the omote and ura. The hamon is gunome togare midare tempered in ko nie deki. Tobi aki and detached yahazu (arrow notch). Sungashi and kinsuji. Mokume hada tatsu, ji nie and chikei. The boshi is a medium round with moderate kaeri, there is hakikaki. Ubu nakago with two ana. In fresh polish and mounted in shirasaya with a gold foil habaki. There is sayagaki by Tanobe Michihiro of the NBTHK. NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon kanteisho. He is rated Chujosaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen by Fujishiro, and valued at 2,500,000 yen in Toko Taikan by Shibata. He has a sharpness rating of Wazamono.
The Shodai was from Echizen, and was said to be the third generation Echizen Yasutsugu.*1 The nidai worked in Kanda, Bushu province. His style continues the style of the shodai. According to other books there was an inheritance dispute at the time of death of the Nidai. So, the younger brother of the Nidai was sent to Echizen and given the title Echizen Tsuguhira , and, the Nidai's son remained in Edo with the title of 3rd generation Yasutsugu.*2 His extant works are rare.
*1 NihonTo Jiten - Shinto Hen
*2 Nihonto Koza - Shinto volume page 169