[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Mihaba is ordinal. Kasane is relatively thick. Shinogi is a little high. Naka-zori attached. Chu-kissaki extended form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are kiri. Saki is iriyama-gata. One hole.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Jinie attached. Chikei appeared finely.
Hamon : Yakidashi is in sugu tone. It has shallow notare. Konie well attached. Ko-gunomes and has in togari-gokoro mixed. Ko-ashis appeared. Tobiyakis appeared a little.
Boushi : It runs in sugu. Saki is hakikake. It turns in komaru.
In year Keicho 1, then hired swordsmith of Hizen Saga clan, HASHIMOTO Sinzaemon-jo Tadayoshi went to Kyoto and became the pupil of Umetada Myojyu.
In Keicho 3, he backed to Hizen, then he established his own workshop near Saga catsle.
After then, his school flourished during Edo period. The teacher of first generation Tadayoshi Umetada Myojyu was originally metalsmith, he was considered as the ancestor of Shin-to swordsmith, he realized the feature of Shin-to significantly, different from Ko-to, such as well grained kitae-hada, loose notare, nio-i-kuchi ko-nie attached, bright hamon, and also added blade engraving freed from religious restraint, which started from Kei-cho period. First generation Hizen Tadayoshi brought back the way of working and style of Umetada Myoju, the aesthetic sense of Kyoto and Yamashiro-den style of Rai school. More over, several elements accumulated such as the taste of first feudal lord of Hizen Saga clan, NABESHIMA Katsushige, local climate, the advantage close to international port Nagasaki. It considered that they bred his creativity. He established his firm style handed over to his pupils till end of Edo period. Hizen swords have created a lot, so the large number of registration as well since Nabeshima clan encouraged to create the swords, propagated to other feudal lords, exported to China and Korea. In later generation Tadayoshis, with the signature called "五字忠吉"(goji-Tadayoshi, litterally five characters Tadayoshi), there were Tosa-no-kami Tadayoshi, third generation Mutsu-no-kami Tadayoshi, fourth generation Ô-mi-daijo Tadayoshi, fifth and sixth generation Ô-mi-no-kami Tadayoshi and eighth generation Tadayoshi.
Kuro-iro (black) kawari-nuri-zaya wakizashi-koshirae : tsuba( tetsu-ji, kin-nunome-zougan(inlay)) ; menuki : musha-zu(shaku-do-ji), ; fuchi : nami-ryu(copper, kin-iro-e) ; kashira : musha(copper)
[ Condition ] Already polished. Some minute flaws observed but they do not effect on appreciation. No need to repolsihment. It can be appreciated as it is. One kawari-gane observed in the middle of ura shinogi-ji, in between, from machi of omote and ura to 5cm above machi-ue.