Wakizashi: Ise Daijo Fujiwara Yoshihiro
Shinto Jo-o Goro ( 1650’s)
Nagasa: 1 Shaku 8 Sun 8 Bu 5 Rin (57.2cm)
Hizen Boshi- Most Hizen-to have a boshi which is very distinctive as well
as being consistent. On the textbook examples such as this sword, the
boshi is very consistent with that of the mainline smiths from the
Hizen school. Notice the smooth even shape and curvature, with the turnback
usually reaching the same point in the end.
Hamon- If hamon is Suguha, generally in good Hizen Suguha, there is a
thick Nioguchi, with fine Nie extending from the Nioiguchi towards the
edge becoming thinner as it reaches the Ha.
Jigane or Hada- Fine Ko-Itame or “Konuka” hada. Very well executed fine
grain structure with Ji-Nie and fine Chikei. Note: if there has been overpolishing
done to a Hizen-to, sometimes “Shintetsu” appears, as they are known to
have a very thin skin of outer steel (Kawagane)
Hataraki- Activity in the Suguha hamon that is usually seen, are kuichigaiba,
ko-ashi, yo, sunagashi and small kinsuji depending upon the type of work.
note that even when there is a Midare hamon done by a Hizen smith, the
boshi as well as the Nie are still very consistent and are always good
points to keep in mind when viewing Hizen blades. Ise Daijo Yoshihiro
worked very close with Omi Daijo Tadahiro, there are even examples that
exist as a joint work or "“Gassaku” by these 2 smiths. Being both
students of Shodai Tadayoshi at about the same time, one can see from
this example the very close resemblance to that of Omi Daijo’s work. Also
notice from the oshigata on the following page, that the nakago is quite
similar to Tadahiro as well.
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