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Ise Daijo Tsunahiro Wakizashi



An ubu mumei wakizashi attributed to Ise Daijo Tsunahiro.   Kambun (1661-1673).   Shinogizukure, shallow sakizori, chukissaki, mitsumune.  Horimono:  Suken, and futatsubi and bonji.  Hawatare 1 shaku 7 sun  (51.51 cm / 20.28")  Motohaba:  2.75 cm.  Sakihaba:  1.966   Kasane:  7.2 mm.  Gunome midare in nioideki.  Kinsuji, nado.  The jigane is itame slightly nagare, sunagashi and profuse jinie.  The grain is slightly loose below the ken horimono.  Rated josaku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen, by Fujishiro, and valued at 3,200,000 yen in Tokuno's Toko Taikan.  Rated at 90 points in Hawley, Illustrated in Nihonto Koza.  In fresh Japanese polish, shirasaya, and waisted gold foil habaki with nekogaki and what I can only describe as pine boughs.  NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon. 

Of the Tsunahiro lineage, the first and fifth were the most talented important.

Mikawa, Kai, Izu, Sagami, nado schools continued into the Edo period, and in general their works lacked artistry.   Few retained te traditions of their school, rather conforming to the styles of shinto times,  looking like the ke of Mino Seki or Owari..  Of the schools from Sagami, only the Tsunahiro retained their traditional character. 

The founder of the Tsunahiro school, first signed as Masahiro, worked around Tenmon (1532-1555).  He received a ji from Hojo Ujitsuna, and took the name Tsunahiro.  Ise Daijo Tsunahiro (1661-1673) is the fifth generation of the school.   His descendants continued into modern times.  However, other styles have become mixed in, so that there are some works where any hint of Soshu cannot be seen.   The other Soshu schools just died out.    $3,200




Kinsuji & Sunagashi


NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Kanteisho



Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen



Toko Taikan



Nihonto Koza, Vol. IV, Shinto - Harry Afu Watson Translation




Japanese Swordsmiths Revised



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