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Hoki No Kami Nobutaka Wakizashi - Nidai
A long wakizashi signed, Hoki No Kami Fujiwara Nobutaka. Hawatare: 1 Shaku 7 sun (51.51 cm or 20.28"). Motohaba: 2.9 cm. Sakihaba: 1.93 cm. Kasane: 7 mm. Shinogizukure, irioi mune, chu kissaki. Gunome notare miidare in nie deki, there is profuse ha nie which is bright and somewhat large, there is a great deal of hotsure. There is sunagashi, kisuji, nado. The profuse hotsure gives the hamon a feeling of violent activity. The boshi is komaru with a long kaeri. The bright jigane is a mixture of mokume nagare and masame. There is profuse ji nie and chikei throughout. The nakago is suriage and machi okure, two mekugi ana, signed nagamei. Full Japanese polish, mounted in shirasaya, silver habaki, & NBTHK Hozon Kanteisho. He is rated Jo Saku in Nihon Toko Jiten - Shinto Hen and valued at 4,000,000 yen in Shibata's Toko Taikan.
The shodai Nobutaka, though considered shinto, bridged the koto and shinto period, receiving his title in Tensho kyu nen (1581). He was the last descendant of San'ami Kanenori. The nidai received his title in 1633. He is an Owari smith, working in Mino tradition. He became a monk at in 1662, at the age of sixty, and used the signature Zen Hakushu Nobutaka Nyudo. One of the stellar smiths of his day, there was such great demand for his work during Kanbun (1661 -1673), that he forged swords with the help of his son. So many of his swords are by both the second and third generation Nobutaka.
The generational attribution to the nidai Nobutaka was made verbally by Yoshikawa Kentaro.