Yamashiro Nobuyoshi Wakazashi (fss-707)

 

Item description:

A fantastic early Shinto wakazashi this sword is reminiscent of old koto work. The blade is a signed piece with spectacular hada and vibrant hamon. It is signed and Ubu, a longish wakazashi at 19+-“. This blade is a true beauty. The hada is a well worked Mokume with Itame and covered in ji-nie . There is chikei and much nie clusters all over. The hamon is made up of a gunome midare with small clusters of nie the length of the blade. There is sunagasi and kinsuji as well as ko-nie.A great companion piece to the katana we have just posted..

The Quintessential Shinto era Japanese Samurai sword, this blade is ubu and maintains the original signature and attributes. The blade comes mounted in shirasaya. there are fujishiro papers and was the sword polished by him. The blade itself is an exciting blend of  Gunome with a beautiful thick frosting nie and nioi. The itame hada is tightly forged and very well made.

Info from the Fujishiro Taikon:
NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI SHODAI [SHÔHÔ 1644 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU
He lived in Heianjô, and (blades in which he inscribed) KIKU MON are also seen. He was a smith between the years of Kan’ei and Kanbun. (Wazamono)
Signatures: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI
YAMASHIRO KUNI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI
Plate III: SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI
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NOBUYOSHI SHINANO NO KAMI NIDAI [ENPÔ 1673 YAMASHIRO] SHINTÔ CHÛJÔSAKU
He is also called Takai Kinsaburô, and he also lived in Osaka. At first he called himself FUJIWARA, and he later changed to MINAMOTO.
Signatures: RAKUYÔ JÛ SHINANO NO KAMI MINAMOTO NOBUYOSHI
SHINANO NO KAMI FUJIWARA NOBUYOSHI
Plate I: RAKUYÔ JÛ SHINANO NO KAMI NOBUYOSHI
More info on Nobuyoshi:
NOBUYOSHI (信吉), 1st gen., Shōhō (正保, 1644-1648), Yamashiro – “Shinano no Kami Minamoto Nobuyoshi” (信濃守源信吉), “Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi” (信濃守藤原信吉), “Taiai Shinano no Kami Nobuyoshi” (高井信濃守信吉), “Rakuyō-jū Takai Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi” (洛陽住高井信濃守藤原信吉), “Yamashiro no Kuni Fujiwara Nobuyoshi” (山城国藤原信吉), “Yamashiro no Kuni-jūnin Nobuyoshi” (山城国住人信吉), real name Takai Kinzaburō (高井金三郎, the first name also reads Kanesaburō), he came from the Mishina school and carved also a chrysanthemum onto his tangs, he used first the clan name Fujiwara and changed later to Minamoto but there exist also early works which are already signed with Minamoto, his younger brother was Echizen no Kami Nobuyoshi (越前守信吉) with whom a joint work exists, we know date signatures from the Shōhō era to the twelfth year of Kanbun (寛文, 1672), excellently tempered suguha or gunome in nie-deki with a wide nioiguchi, wazamono, chūjō-saku

The wearing of daishō was limited to the samurai class, and became a symbol or badge of their rank. Daishō may have became popular around the end of the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573)as several early examples date from the late sixteenth century.An edict in 1629 defining the duties of a samurai required the wearing of a daishō when on official duty. During the Meiji period an edict was passed in 1871 abolishing the requirement of the wearing of daishō by samurai, and in 1876 the wearing of swords in public by most of Japan’s population was banned; this ended the use of the daishō as the symbol of the samurai, and the samurai class was abolished soon after the sword ban.

TO NOTE:
WE HAVE POSTED A KATANA BY THE SAME SMITH, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT PAIR TO MOUNT AS A DAISHO. A POTENTIALLY GREAT PROJECT AND INVESTMENT.
Please follow this link to see the matching katana to this wakazashi KATANA LINK

  • Mei: [kiku-mon] Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Rai Nobuyoshi
  • Date: (正保, 1644-1648)
  • Nagasa: 19-1/4 inches
  • Sori: 10.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 31.5 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 21.2 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.9 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish
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This sword is on consignment.
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Translation of papers:

kantei-sho (鑑定書) No. 4064
• kiku-mon Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi (菊紋 信濃守藤原信吉)

hachô 1 shaku 6 sun 2 bu 0 ri jigane (地鉄): ko-itame (小板目)

tsukurikomi: 造込): hon-zukuri wakizashi (本造り脇差)
Migi no tô shôshin to mitomemasu (右刀正真と認めます)

Heisei nananen gogatsu nijûgonichi (平成七年五月二十五日)

Certificate
• [Chrysanthemum crest] Shinano no Kami Fujiwara Nobuyoshi

sori 0 sun 4 bu 0 ri
hamon (刃文): gunome-midare (五ノ目乱), nie-tsuku (錵つく)

horimono (彫物): nashi (無し)

Fujishiro Matsuo (藤代松雄)

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nagasa ~ 49.1 cm jigane: ko-itame

Shape: shinog-zukuri wakizashi

sori ~ 1,2 cm
hamon: gunome-midare with nie

Engravings: none

Herewith we confirm that this blade is authentic. May 25th 1995

No. 4064

Fujishiro Matsuo

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