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Wakizashi, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Musashi Daijyo Fujiwara Korekazu
[ Signature ] omote : Musashi Daijô Fujiwara Korekazu ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 54,8cm (1 shaku 8 sun 1 bu 0 rin), sori 1,06cm (3 bu 5 rin), moto-haba 3,27cm, moto-kasane 0,69cm, saki-haba 2,20cm, saki-kasane 0,48cm mekugi-ana(holes) 2, blade weight 571,5g, koshirae length 75,3cm, shirasaya length 80,5cm
[ Period ] Edo, in the first half of
[ Province ] Musashi

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune. Mihaba is relatively wide. Kasane is ordinal. There is a little difference between saki and moto. Shallow sori attached. Chu-kissaki, in good shape form.
Nakago : Machi is advanced in one hole diameter high. The hole was filled with suaka as post process. One smaller size hole was given later. There are two holes. Yasurimes are katte-sagari. Saki is shallow kuri-jiri.
Jigane : Itame-hada is well grained. Ô-itame and masa-gokoro mixed. Jinie attached. Chô-ji-utsuri is significant.
Hamon : In nioi-deki and chô-ji midare, it has wide variety of forms mixed, such as gunomes, togari-bas and round head chô-ji. Ashis, yôs and tobiyakis appeared. Konies attached.
Boushi : It runs in sugu, then turns in komaru. Saki becomes a little hakikake.

Koshirae : Kuroro-iro-nuri ichibu-kizami wakizashi koshirae
Tsuba : Tetsu(iron) tsuba (signature : "筑州住利貞")
Fuchi-gashira : Ô-ka-zu(cherry blossom motif)(shaku-dô nanako-ji kin-iroe)
Menuki : Botan(peony)-zu(Shaku-dô-ji)

Around Mei-ô era, one swordsmith called Sukenaga moved to Gamô county, Ô-mi province from Bizen province. Then, he live next to Sekidô-ji temple…

There was a legend that he was a founder of Sekitô(or Sekidô, Seki-dou), succeeded the secret of Bizen swordsmith. That was a reason why Sekidô school swordsmith had style of Bizen in hamon and ji-utsuri. However, in these days, considering following facts, it is hard to think just "utsuri" made the definitive evidence that Sukenaga brought secret of Bizen school : appreciating the swords of originator of Sukenaga, no utsuris on ji appeared. Many of them had hamon in suguha, ko-midare or genomes, ko-nie attached, unlike old Bizen school, which had chô-ji midare.

In Edo Sekidô school, apart from Musashi Daijô Korekazu, there were Tsushima-no-kami Tsunemitsu, Heki Mitsuhira, Echizen-no-kami Munehiro, and others. All of them moved from Ô-mi to Edo, very good at creating chô-ji midare of Bizen school. First generation Korekazu was born at Sekidô village, Gamô county, Ô-mi province. He was an ancestor of Edo Sekidô.

Signature : Initially he had "是勝", then "武蔵大掾是一", "川上武蔵大掾藤原是一", "武蔵大掾左近是一", "石堂左近是一", "是一作", etc.
Time seal : "承応(Jô-o)元, 二" , "万治(Manji)元, 二, 三", "寛文(Kanbun)十二年", etc.

The family name of Sekidô Korekazu was succeeded from first to eighth of Meiji period, through Edo period.
Those three swordsmith were so skilled : first generation Musashi Daijô Korekazu around Manji era, second generation Musashi Daijô Korekazu around Enpô era and Unju Korekazu, nephew of Katô Tsunatoshi, who succeeded Korekazu family at end of Edo period.

In the book titled "新刀古刀大鑑", Mr. KAWAGUCHI Noboru showed his theory that the number of remaining Sekidô school's swords were not so many even though they were good at Shin-tô Bizen school, because they were "promoted" to old Ichimonji.

[ Conditions ] Both blade and koshirae maintain excellent conditions. There is a point, where lacquer detached in 1mm diameter round shape.
It is so precious saya keeping such good condition made in Edo period, since total fine ichibu-kizami required so much hand labour and technique, high in cost accordingly.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji silver foiled single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae and NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 13th August Heisei 24(2012)).



[ Item number ] A041216 [ Price ] JPY 1.800.000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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