Katana Den Owari, Shodai Hoki No Kami Nobutaka
with NTHK NPO Certificate
Excellent solid mumei katana attributed to the 1st generation Hoki no Kami Nobutaka from Owari. The nagasa is 2 shaku 3 sun 8 bu kore ari / Blade length ~ 72.1 cm shinogi zukuri with iori mune hada is itame the hamon medium width
gunome midare that is mixed with yahazu elements,the boshi is sugu-cho with a ko-maru-kaeri Tang has 1
mekugiana, yasurime kiri.
Made circa Keicho era 1596-1615. Mounted in a nice koshirae iron jakushi style tsuba fuchi kashira are shakudo with gold horses menuki are of cranes in flight, black lacquered saya.
The first generation Nobutaka whose original name was Komura Saemon. He was the founder of the Nobutaka school which prospered for 10 generations, he originally belonged to Sanami school and was a son of Kanetaka . He was born in 1561 in Kamiuchi, located in Mino province. Nobutaka and Ujifusa made swords for the Kawamura clan. He later
changed his smith name from Kanetaka to Nobutaka. The character Nobu officially was granted to him by by Oda
After the death of Oda Nobunaga, Nobutaka had worked for the lords of Kiyosu castle then he again moved to Kaji present day Nagoya castle area in the 15th year of Keicho 1610. The Nobutaka school of swordmakers continued make swords for Tokugawa clan until end of the Edo period. Nobutaka is a very highly ranked swordmaker and his blades a reknowned for their sharpness and cutting ability. He is ranked 80 in Hawleys, 6 million yen in the Toko Taikan, And Jo Saku by Fujishiro.