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#1 raymondsinger

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:54 PM

Listing for sale an interesting Hizen-to katana in koshirae. The sword is 27.4" and is suriage with only a partial mei remaining "Hizen (no) kuni ju". The sword is not papered and will need to go to shinsa to verify which smith this is. I have however shared photos with Roger Robertshaw to get his thoughts and he felt it was definitely a work by the nidai Tadahiro (Omi Daijo) circa 1633 and referred me to page 108 of his book. He also felt that the nijuba which could be seen in the photos reinforced that attribution.

 

The sword is an exceptional piece of work. The nioi-guchi is very wide and bright, and the hamon is lined with prominent ashi. The sugata is wide and powerful. The jitetsu is a typical one for this smith, a tight and beautiful konuka-hada with some strong chikei towards the habaki-moto. There is a short kitae-ware on the mune near the habaki which I will photograph.

 

The Tadahiro is in koshirae only, no shirasaya. The menuki *may* be solid gold. The tsuba is exceptional I feel, but I cannot personally give an attribution (open to thoughts here). Both seppa are gold foil with no tears. The kashira is tsuno (horn).

 

Nagasa: 69.9cm
Moto-haba: 31mm
Saki-haba: 22mm
Kasane: 6mm
 
Tadayoshi received the Omi Daijo title in 1641 at the age of 29. It is felt that the golden age of his work is Kan'ei (寛永) through Shōhō (正保). Tadahiro passed away at 1693 at the age of 80. He is ranked as O-wazamono and Jojo-saku. 
 
$5,950 (plus shipping and PalPay). Payment will go directly to the owner and a check is preferred.
 
Any questions, please email raymondsinger@gmail.com. 
 
PS. Please note that I will be out of the country from July 24 - August 1 and may have limited access to email while traveling. If you do not receive a reply, please be patient and I will get back in touch as soon as I am able.

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#2 tokashikibob

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:03 AM

Super blade Ray!


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:10 AM

Thank you Bob!


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#4 Vermithrax16

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:11 AM

Outstanding hada!! Truly great offering.


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#5 Stephen

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:59 AM

No matter where i see this pop up i fall in love all over again Rayray! complete package guys, what one should be saving for!!!


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#6 Renech

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:45 PM

Amazing Katana


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#7 raymondsinger

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:09 PM

Thanks again for the kind words guys. I do feel it is a very high quality piece. When I return from overseas I will try to take better photos of the workmanship in this sword. I have owned several nidai over the years, but this one is exceptional for the wide habuchi and abundant ashi. I feel it is a very good value with quality and koshirae considered...

 

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#8 Greg F

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Posted 25 July 2017 - 04:35 AM

Nice Sword Ray i like the hada, koshirae too.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 12:03 AM

Bump.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 05:54 PM

Reduced to $5,500 (plus shipping and PayPal).

 

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