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Sesshu Fujiwara Tadayuki Katana with Kinzogan Saidan Mei and NBTHK Certificate

Masatoshi cut in Kyoto through two stacked bodies, the upper one at kenashi (at the level of the armpits) and the lower one at ni-no-dò‚(across the abdomen). 

Tadayuki katana with Kinzogan saidan mei NBTHK Hozon certificate 

Katana made by Tadayuki The 1st Generation he worked circa Kanbun 1661 - 1684  he was a student of the great Awataguchi Tadatsuna his works are  in Suguha hamon as well as gunome choji he often made swords with Tadatsuna and was considered the best swordmakers of the Tadatsuna school. His suguha works are often compared to Hizen Omi Daijo Tadahiro this katana is a very good example with extremely well forged hada and superb well controlled active suguha hamon also this katana bears a  kinzogan mei / gold cutting test inscription which attests to the supreme sharpness and cutting ability of this blade for which Tadayuki is reknowned.The katana comes with a great koshirae nicely lacquered saya very nice iron  tsuba with shingen motif , tsuka ito of white silk recently rewrapped  as per the original tsukaito high quality fuchi kashira and menuki.

Mei , Sesshu ju Fujiwara Tadayuki.   strong well carved mei with bold  large characters characteristic of Tadayuki

Saidan mei ;

Quite likely the test was done when the katana was made circa kanbun period.The test result reads as follows

Signatures:

sesshu ju fujiwara tadayuki settsu no kami tachibana tadayuki

 

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