Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Attributed to Hiromasa with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
About the Swordsmith
This blade is attributed to Soshu Hiromasa (相州広正), who was active in sword-forging during the Kansho era (1460-1466: Mid Muromachi period ). The sword maker’s name Hiromasa lasted a few generations from the Nanbokucho era (Late 14th century) to the mid-Muromachi period.
Most of the remaining works created by Hiromasa are either Tanto or Wakizashi. Based on the appraisal, we believe this blade is attributed to the later-gen Hiromasa.
The first-gen Hiromasa was the son of Hiromitsu and an apprentice of Masamune, one of the most famous swordsmiths in Japanese history. The first-gen was active during 1356-1361, according to available records. It is said that the smith name Hiromasa lasted by the fist year of Eisei (1504). Since 1469, later-gen Hiromasa moved to Ueno Koku (Gunma prefecture ) to serve Obata clan. The swords forged by Hiromasa are categorized as Soshu Den tradition.
The foundation of Soshu traditions (Soshu DEN) dates back to the establishment of the Kamakura government(1185-1333). The Shogun at the time, Hojo Tokiyori, gathered swordsmiths of Yamashiro-Den and Bizen-Den to create a new tradition named Soshu-Den.
Following the Mongolian Invasion caused in 1274 and 1281, they had to improve the strength of their swords. Skilled swordsmiths such as Shintougo Kunimitsu, Yukimitsu, and Masamune pursued their craft to bring Soshu-Den to the exquisite level, achieving both beauty and practicality that they had not seen before.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 41.4 cm ( 16.3 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 0.6 cm ( 0.24 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.
A landscape is designed for this Fuchi Kashira. A building that looks like a resting place with a roof, rocks, and plants are engraved at the Fuchi part. The golden metal (gold or possibly brass) is effectively applied to these motifs and makes a gorgeous look of this work. In contrast to the Fuchi part, the Kashira part has a simple design, and its color is glossy black. There are slight damages due to aging, but we hope you enjoy it as an antique texture.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
We estimate this Menuki’s motif is the Kongou Rikishi (金剛力士). It is also called the Niou (仁王/二王) and is one of the guardian deities of Buddhism. The combination of A-Gyou (阿形, opened mouth) and Un-Gyou (吽形, closed mouth) is often seen at the gates in temples. They wear a look of anger and have dignified looks. If this Menuki’s design is exactly the Kongou Rikishi, it might have been chosen because of this sword’s former owner’s belief.
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.
This Tsuba is probably made from iron and has Kozuka and Kougai holes. A dragon is designed and is colored with silvery metal. The dragon’s body is carved to pass through the front and back of the Tsuba. Initially, the dragon is an imaginary creature found in ancient traditions or myths. Furthermore, it is regarded as a symbol of auspicious signs. Its body is likened to nine animals: antlers are deer, the head is a camel, eyes are demons, the neck is a snake, belly is the Mizuchi (蛟, mythical animal in Japan which looks like a snake and have a horn and four legs), scales are fish, claws are falcons, palms are tigers, and ears are cows. It was thought that the dragon would reign at the top of all animals because of its odd-looking appearance. Including sword mountings, there are many works that are decorated with this beast motif. It shows how the dragon design was popular among people, including Samurais.
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 December 12nd, the 3rd 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 92808
The Board of Education in Hyogo 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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