Hizen Wakizashi (Japanese Short Sword)
A true Japanese blade, forged in Hizen prefecture from Japanese tamahagane. This blade is guaranteed genuine, not a modern copy. This is also NOT a WWII era blade. It was made in the mid Edo period (circa late 1600s/early 1700s).
The nagako is signed Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro (Nidai Tadahiro) . Tadahiro was the second generation smith from the Tadayoshi line. He lived from 1614 to 1693. We know that this sword is post 1641, because neither he, nor anyone else in his school, signed the mei "Omi Daijo Fujiwara Tadahiro" before this time. It is quite possible that this blade is gimei and not actually forged by Tadahiro himself but rather by a student or later Hizen smith in the same school. Regardless of the signature, it is a fine blade in great polish.
It displays the straight hamon (suguha) that Hizen blades are known for with a slight accent towards the end of the blade. Like many Hizen blades, the sori is pronounced and aesthetically pleasing. Blades from the Tadayoshi line were considered of supreme sharpness and were much sought after in their time. The polish of this particular blade is in good condition and still somewhat bright. There are, of course, no nicks in the blade.
Hizen blades are famously thin skinned and there are some ware on the shinogiji (see photos), but this is not a serious detractor in a blade of this class. The TOKOHAN Catalog lists all our Japanese antiques currently for sale. This wakizashi on the other hand, has been sold and shipped to its happy owner.
Tadahiro Wakizashi Photos