Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by 7th-gen Masahiro with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
Kawachi Daijyo Masahiro(河内大掾正広) is a renowned swordsmith from Hizen province. (today’s Saga prefecture). This blade was forged by the seventh generation in the Bunkyu era(Late Edo period: 1861-1864), according to the NTHK authentication paper.
The first-gen, Fujiwara Masahiro, was the grandson of Tadayoshi, the founder of Tadayoshi school in Hizen province. At the beginning of his career, Masahiro signed as Masanaga and then changed it to Masahiro in 1625 A.D(the second year of Kanei). He was especially highly regarded among the Nabeshima clan, a powerful feudal family in Hizen province. Nabeshima Katsushige is the one who ordered Masahiro to change his maker’s name. Masahiro was selected as Okakae Kaji for Nabeshima clan, meaning he was exclusively forging swords for the feudal family. It was quite honorable for any swordsmiths to be an Okakae Kaji. It is said that Masahiro’s forging technique was so great that he sometimes forged swords on behalf of Tadayoshi. The swords forged in Hizen province are known as Hizen To, famous for their beautiful Jigane. (The steel of a constructed blade)
Seventh-gen Fujiwara Masahiro inherited great sword-forging techniques from his previous generations. This blade has a couple of black rusts, which won’t significantly interfere with this blade’s appreciation. If you prefer to have the blade polished, you can make a request.
If you like to see more detailed photos before your purchase, please feel free to ask us. Please keep in mind that you can also see aging in the red scabbard.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 68.6 cm(27.0 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.0 cm( 0.39 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang on purpose to prevent red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, which is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Aki-no Nanakusa (秋の七草, the seven flowers of autumn) and autumn insects are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. Aki-no Nanakusa is constituted with seven plants that were written in the Tanka composed by Yamanoue no Okura (山上憶良, Japanese poet). These flowers are Hagi (萩, bush clover), Obana (尾花, Japanese pampas grass), Kuzu (葛, kudzu vine), Nadeshiko (撫子, pink), Ominaeshi (女郎花, yellow patrinia), Fujibakama (藤袴, boneset), and Kikyou (桔梗, Japanese bellflower). Japanese people enjoy admiring these plants since ancient times.
Also, we would mention the insect motif because it is related to the taste of Samurai. If you focus on the Fuchi, you will find a dragonfly that is engraved on flowers. Dragonfly has been inhabiting since a long time ago in Japan. As they bag preys quickly, its heroic figure was sometimes the object of belief. During the Warring States period, a dragonfly was called “Kachimushi (勝ち虫)” because of its fearless character; it moves only forward, not backward. It is said that is why many Samurais loved this insect pattern.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
It seems an older adult is riding on the giant catfish holding a gourd. There is a famous theme of ink painting that is called Hyoune Zu (瓢鯰図). It depicts a man trying to keep Namazu (鯰, catfish) with Hyoutan (瓢箪, gourd). It is a question and answer of Zen Buddhism. It is thought this theme came from the proverb that means to succeed having difficulty. The motifs of sword mountings sometimes reflect the taste of its owner or his view of religion. Therefore, one of the formers of this sword might have been involved in Zen Buddhism.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
An antique iron Tsuba with Kozuka and Kougai holes. As it has a crooked-shape, it might have tried to express something that has an irregular look, such as water or cloud. Based on the motif of Menuki (in this case, it is Hyoune Zu), this Tsuba possibly depicts the surface of the river in which the catfish swims.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade
NTHK, also known as NPO Nihon Touken Hozon Kai, is the oldest organization for sword authentication of Japanese swords in modern times. It was established in 1889 during the post-Samurai era. They authenticated the blade on Jan 17th in the third year of Reiwa (2021).The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Hyogo 48154
The Board of Education in Hygo prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan.
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