Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Ietada with Hozon Certificate
This blade was signed by Ietada (家忠), and according to NBHTK that appraised it as a Hozon Token, it was specifically created by Kashu Ietada (加州家忠). Kashu is the name of the province in today’s Ishikawa prefecture. According to NTHK, another reputable Japanese sword appraising organization, it was made during the Kan-Ei era (1624-1644).
Ietada was born during the Keicho era (1596-1615) as the son of Darani Ieshige (陀羅尼家重). Ietada belonged to Darani school and was one of the prominent figures in the school. The blades created by Ietada were famous for their sharpness. We assume he could have made blades for high-class Samurai residing in Kashu province.
Darani school was founded by the first generation Katsuie, originally from Mino province, famous for the sword-forging tradition called MINO-DEN(美濃伝). He and his apprentices moved to Kashu(Today’s Ishikawa prefecture) in the late Muromachi period. They founded a Darani(陀羅尼) school after being hired by the monks who lived there. However, after the second generation (Katsuie’s son), Ieshige, took over Katuie’s school, Darani school started to serve Maeda clan, and Ieshige was ordered to change his name to Katsukuni in the early Edo period. Ieshige was the father of Ietada.
Maeda clan was originally a retainer of Oda family, who ruled Owari province. (today’s Nagoya area in Aichi prefecture). The first head of the Maeda clan was Toshie Maeda. He climbed the social ladder of Samurai society and became the feudal lord of Kaga Province(today’s Ishikawa prefecture). He had a vast rice fief that fed 1 million grown-up adults, which is called Hyakuman Goku. The Maeda clan was one of the most influential families in Samurai history. Toshie Maeda had a close tie with Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
This blade is appraised as a Hozon Token(保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, well preserved with artistic value.
*Please keep in mind that there are a couple of black rust on this blade. If you like to make sure of its condition, please feel free to contact us. We will send you photos and videos.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 64.3 cm (25.3 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：0.7 cm (0.27 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 because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it 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(Scabbard), Tsuka(Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Cherry blossoms are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. You could see that the flowers are in full bloom. Although some colorings were already faded due to aging, it seems these flowers were initially colored with golden paint. Cherry blossom is one of the seasonal things of spring, and it has been loved for a long time in Japan. Its pattern is designed not only for sword mountings but also for Kimono (着物, traditional Japanese costume) or furnishings. One theory says that the god of grain exists in cherry blossoms. Therefore, this flower pattern has been treated as the symbol of a plentiful harvest. People held a traditional custom under cherry blossom trees to pray for a bumper year in ancient times. It is said this is the origin of the cherry blossom viewing picnic today.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
We cannot see the entire shape of this Menuki; however, we think its motif is peony flowers because of its petal shapes. Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a good-omen motif; people regarded it as a rich harvest sign. Peony is called “Botan” in Japanese. When we write this flower’s name in Japanese, its second letter means mountain hermit medicine that would give us eternal youth. Based on the meaning of this letter, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.
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.
Yotsu-Mokkou-shaped Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. A metal (probably copper) is applied to the Kozuka hole. And the Mimi (edge part of Tsuba) is thicker than other parts; it makes this Tsuba’s sturdy structure and adds decorativeness.
You would find that a butterfly is designed for this Tsuba. Its outline is inlaid with golden lines. People preferred the butterfly pattern due to its growth process, beauty, and auspiciousness among the various animal patterns. A larva becomes a chrysalis, and it grows up to a butterfly. As this insect changes its looks, it symbolizes reborn; therefore, Samurais loved the butterfly pattern. Also, as butterflies make a couple on good terms, this motif represents happy marriage.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper-1：NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade (No. 376879)
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on May 1st in the 19th year of Heisei (2007). They appraised it as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Authentication Paper-2：NTHK-NPO 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 1910 during the post-Samurai era. They authenticated the blade on Nov 4th, the 11th year of Heisei (1999). 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 : Yamaguchi 30563
The Board of Education in Yamaguchi prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.
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【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
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