Nobutaka Katana

Katana Den Bishū, Shodai Hōki no Kami Nobutaka ‒ “Attributed to the first generation Hōki no Kami Nobutaka from Owari province.”

Osuriage mumei Katana , Shinogi Zukuri with Iori Mune forged in a dense Itame Hada the Hamon is a very active bright Gunome Midare with Ashi and Sunagashi a small Tobiyaki in front of the Habaki and abundant Ji Nie, Chu Kissaki the Boshi is a gently undulating Notare with a Jizu like Kaeri, The Nakago is Osuriage with 3 mekugiana, This is a very well made solid heavy blade typical of the Keicho Shinto Era attributed to an excellent maker of the period Nobutaka is known as one of the Owari Sansaku / One of the 3 great makers from Owari. Fully restored in Japan mounted in a newly made koshirae with alll antique fittings,Made circa 1596-1615,

NTHK NPO Certificate,

Nagasa is 65.4 cm

NOBUTAKA (信高), 1st gen., Keichō (慶長, 1596-1615), Signed – Owari – “Nōshū Seki San´ami Kanekuni-matsuyō Hōki no Kami Fujiwara Nobutaka Bishū Nagoya ni oite rokujūsai saku” (濃州関三阿弥兼国末葉伯耆守藤原信高於尾州 名護屋作六十歳, “made by Hōki no Kami Fujiwara Nobutaka at the age of 60 in Nagoya in Owari province, successor of Mino San´ami Kanekuni”), “Hōki no Kami Fujiwara Nobutaka” (伯耆守藤原信高), “Hōki no Kami Fujiwara Ason Nobutaka” (伯耆守藤原朝臣信高), real name Kawamura Saemon (河村左衛門), he was born in the sixth year of Eiroku (永禄, 1563) in Kōzuchi (上有知) in Mino province and was by his own account a successor of San´ami Kanekuni (兼国), he moved to Kiyosu (清洲) in Owari province around Tenshō 16 or 17 (天正, 1588/89) and received his honorary title Hōki no Kami, on the eleventh day of the fifth month of Tenshō 20 (1592) by the agency of the kanpaku regent Toyotomi Hidetsugu, but there is also the theory that he had already received this title back in Tenshō nine (1580) because a blade with that date supposedly exists which bears that title in the signature, anyway, it is assumed that he moved to Nagoya when the castle of the same name was finished in Keichō 15 (1610), in the ninth year of Kan´ei (寛永, 1633) he retired and entered priesthood under the nyūdō-gō Keiyū (慶遊), leaving the management of the school to his son, the 2nd generation Nobutaka, he died three years later in Kan´ei 13 (1636) at the age of 76, his blades have mostly a wide shinogi-ji, a high shinogi and an elongated kissaki, i.e. basically a Keichō-shintō-sugata, the jigane is a dense and beautifully forged itame mixed with masame and ji-nie but some works also show a standing-out hada and others in turn a shirake-utsuri, the hamon is a notare-midare or gunome-midare, rarely also a chōji or suguha, whereas he hardened in ko-nie-deki and with a wide nioiguchi, there are also some blades with ara-nie and plenty of sunagashi known, together with Sagami no Kami Masatsune (相模守政常) and Hida no Kami Ujifusa (飛騨守氏房) he was one of the so-called “Owari-sansaku” (尾張三作), the “Three Owari Masters,” Jō-saku NOBUTAKA