Hizen no Kuni-jū Ōmi Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro Katana

Katana, signed: Hizen no Kuni-jū Ōmi Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro (肥前国住近江⼤掾藤原忠廣)

Very nice Hizen Katana Tadahiro Katana with Early Nbthk certificate issued in 1955 by Hosokawa Moritatsu the first president of the NBTHK , Mounted in good quality shirasaya

Nagasa 69.4 cm

TADAHIRO (忠広), 1
st gen., Kan´ei (寛永, 1624-1644), Hizen – “Hizen no Kuni-jū Fujiwara Tadahiro”
(肥前国住藤原忠広), “Hizen no Kuni-jū Musashi no Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro” (肥前国住武蔵大掾藤原忠広),
“Musashi no Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro” (武蔵大掾藤原忠広), this is the late signature of the 1st gen. Tadayoshi (忠吉)
after he received the honorary title Musashi no Daijō in Genna ten (元和, 1624), see “TADAYOSHI (忠吉), 1st gen.”

TADAHIRO (忠広), 2nd gen., Keian (慶安, 1648-1652), Hizen – “Hizen no Kuni-jū Fujiwara Tadahiro”
(肥前国住藤原忠広), “Ōmi no Daijō Fujiwara Tadahiro” (近江大掾藤原忠広), “Hizen no Kuni-jū Ōmi no Daijō
Fujiwara Tadahiro” (肥前国住近江大掾藤原忠広), “Hizen no Kuni Tadahiro” (肥前国忠広), “Tadahiro” (忠広), real
name Hashimoto Heisakurō (橋本平作郎), he adopted later the hereditary name Shinzaemon (新左衛門), son of the 1st
gen. Tadayoshi (忠吉) who had changed his name later to Tadahiro, he signed throughout his entire career with
Tadahiro and never with Tadayoshi, he received the honorary title Ōmi no Daijō on the 22nd day of the seventh month
Kan´ei 18 (寛永, 1641) and died in the 27th day of the fifth month Genroku six (元禄, 1693) at the age of 80, we know
date signatures from the seventh year of Kan´ei (1630) to the early Genroku era (1688~ ), that means he was active for
more then 50 years and therefore also very productive, his blades show different shapes like a wide mihaba with an ōkissaki

or also a ko-kissaki in combination with a shallow sori, the jigane is a dense and beautifully forged ko-itame with ji-nie
which appears as konuka-hada but can also stand-out more noticeable, the hamon is a chū-suguha, notare mixed with

gunome ashi, chōji-midare or gunome-midare, the nioiguchi is mostly wide and the ko-nie are very evenly distributed along the nioiguchi, in
the case of a chōji the yakigashira are roundish and long ashi appear, at a gunome, often two gunome are combined, the bōshi is
sugu with a ko-maru-kaeri but can also be in midare-komi, contrary to the 1st and 3rd gen., his kaeri runs back a little longer,
some blades show horimono engraved by Yoshinaga (吉長), the signature is a tachi-mei at long swords and a katana-mei at
wakizashi and tantō, katana measuring just under 2 shaku were considered as ō-wakizashi and were therefore signed with a
katana-mei, ō-wazamono, jōjō-saku