This is something quite special. The blade is a long tachi by the hachidai (eighth generation) of the mainline Tadayoshi school. He was considered one of the best smiths of the entire Hizen-to lineage. Unlike most examples one will see, this sword is signed with the smith’s zokumei (personal name). It is dated a day in the 8th month of 1836. The nagasa is 69.4cm and the blade is extremely healthy, even to the point of showing a trace of ubu-ba. The hamon is extremely interesting, and shows even better work than I have typically seen from this smith. The hamon while suguha based, is mixed with ko-choji and has deep ashi and yo. It resembles one of the fine works of Rai Kunimitsu and was clearly made to reflect the great works of the Rai school. The jihada is a uniformly tight and well forged ko-itame with ji-nie (konuka-hada). The blade is in shirasaya with gold foil habaki. This Tadayoshi tachi has been authenticated by the NTHK.
Hizen (no) Kuni Hashimoto Shinzaemon Fujiwara Tadayoshi
Price: $7,950 (plus shipping and PayPal)