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Hironobu

Product No. WA-001  ( ) Hironobu. 1st generation.
Sword type Wakizashi.
Omote / Mei Yamato no kami Minamoto Hironobu.
Ura n/a empty.
Province, area Yamashiro.
Era Manji (1658-1661).
Date +/- 1660.
Teacher Unknown

 

Dimensions

Nagasa 47.2 cm
Sori 1.10 cm
Motohaba 3.20 cm
Sakihaba 2.20 cm
Munekasane 0.75 cm
Nakago 14.3 cm

 

Registration

NBTHK Certificate “Hozon Tōken Kanteisho”.
Other certificate n/a
Rating Jo saku
Condition Good
Polished Yes
School Unknown

 

Item Details

Shape Shinogi zukuri Mitsumune
Jihada Koitame with clear Bo-utsuri
Sugata Shinogi zukuri, ihori mune takashi, mihaba hiroku, koshi sori, chu kissaki.
Kissaki Chu kissaki.
Kitae Very tightly forged very fine ko itame hada, ji nie, yubashiri, especially on omote.
Hamon Nie deki, mostly nioiguchi fukashi. On omote: asai notare, o gunome midare, in the ono uchi almost reaching to the shinogi withr tobiyaki, followed by gumome midare, then ko gunome, turning into notare midare, ending in a sugu yakidashi, ashi, yo, sunagashi, kinsuji, togari, in some places niju ba kuichigai ha, mune yaki, nioi guchi fukaku, towards the habaki moto nioiguchi shimari, mura nie.
Horimone n/a.
Bōshi Sugu chu maru, hakikake, kaeru.
Nakago Ubu, wazukani machi okuri, saki kengyo, marru mune. Yasuri me gyaku o sujikai with kiri at the shinogi ji.O sujikai with kiri at the shinogi ji.
Mekugi-ana 2 mekugi ana, 1 filled up.
Habaki Red Copper base, double folded Habaki.

 

Koshirae A nice Koshirae with good set of sword fittings, wherein the Tsuba is signed Mei ????. All stored in an old/antique silk bag.

 

Shira-saya The blade is polished and stored in a nice Shirasaya with a purple-coloured silk bag.

 

Additional Information This wakizashi is out the collection of the late Mr. Han Bing Siong. Former president of the “Dutch Token Society”.

The judgment on the authentic as expressed in the description above was confirmed by:

“Nippon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyokai” (NBTHK) issuing a “Hozon Tōken Kanteisho” 保存刀剣 certificate, number: 308954,  on 昭和六十二年九月三十日  September 30th, 1987.

 

History Ito Gonsaemon no Jo Hironobu of Rakuyo, from the Yamashiro province, had the title of Yamato no Kami.

According the Nihonto Meikan of Homma Juni sensei and Ishii Masakuni sensei he was active in the Manji period (1658-1661). Fujihiro Yoshio sensei, who considers him to be of chu jo saku class, says he was active in the Jokyo period (1684-1688). Tokuno Kazuo sensei on the other hand is of the opinion that Yamato no Kami Hironobu was active from the Kanei period (1624-1644) onwards to the Manji period.

Although all these four authors agree that this black smith is of a Chu Jo Saku or Jo Saku level; it was difficult for me to find any signature to compare. So I presume his work was very rare.

 

Price € 8.700,– (Shipping and insurance fees are not included in the price).

The following pictures may exhibit some reflections, this has to do with the brightness of the objects; Sorry for this.