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Bizen Hidekage Daito With Kinpunmei

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This is one of the nicest swords I have consigned since starting my website several years ago. This is a beautiful daito which was attributed to the Bizen smith Hidekage. Hidekage was the great grandson of the famous Bizen smith Chikakage, and was a famous smith himself who was rated Jo-saku in Fujishiro and ¥4.5M in the Toko Taikan.

This particular sword is a flawless example of Hidekage's work. The hamon is a very active gonome choji-ba with kinsuji, covered with fine, uniform ko-nie. I have tried to capture the jitetsu in these photos because it is absolutely beautiful, layered thickly with ji-nie. There is utsuri present, which is typical for this school. The owner shared this with Mike Yamasaki at a recent show, who felt it was Nambokucho Omiya and suggested sending to the NBTHK.

The sword is o-suriage mumei with 3 mekugi-ana. There is a remnant of a kinpunmei, that appears to be signed (X)mitsu. The owner is certain that is once read Kanemitsu, however there is not enough remaining of the first kanji to stand behind that reading. There is no lacquer present on the reverse (no indication if this was a Hon'ami kinpunmei). The blade measures 69.9cm, with a 3.2cm moto-haba and 6mm kasane. It has an especially nice niju-ginkise habaki with an unusual decorative pattern. NTHK kanteisho.


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I just heard from a friend that messages were bouncing. Any questions on this piece please send an email to raymondsinger@gmail.com.

 

Best regards,

Ray

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Ray offers a endless supply of fine swords for beginner to advanced. If your waiting to buy that one special sword like Jeremiah this should be on final list.

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Thank you both for the kind words. I agree Stephen's comment. If one were saving for that one great sword, but has not budgeted at the Juyo level, this Hidekage is a good candidate.

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This sword, which had been put on a long-term hold, is now available again. Please move back to the For Sale section.

 

Thank you,

Ray

 

 

Please archive this post. Hidekage withdrawn and placed on long-term hold to be purchased next year. Thanks everyone for your interest.

Best regards,
Ray

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I was expected to be the new owner of this but for personal reasons I am stepping away from collecting as a whole, and can no longer afford such luxuries as these swords.

 

I have never actually handled the blade as I had only paid half of it off, so I am not stepping away from the deal because of the blade itself. I was very much looking forward to studying this sword but unfortunately life has gotten in the way...

 

Ray is a delight to work with as well. In a world full of questionable people Ray is an absolute gem of a person to buy from, and should be trusted without a second thought.

 

Sincere apologies to the seller...

 

John A. Shea, MD

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Thank you for the kind words John. The Hidekage is still available. Whether an Oei period Bizen Hidekage, or an earlier blade as others have suggested, this is an exceptional sword. As always, an inspection period (3 days) and unconditional return is offered. Any inquiries, please reach out to me via email at raymondsinger@gmail.com.

 

Best regards,

Ray

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