|G35866(W2767) Wakizashi signed Hidanokami Fujiwara UJIFUSA
with)Black lacquered Gold Sandalwood scabbard Owari koshirae
|NBTHK(Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
|Shinto Early Edo period (Keicho era/about 400 years ago) Owari
Length of cutting edge37.7cm Curvature0.8cm Width of base33.0mm Thickness of base7.4mm
|Blade construction: Heroic Unokubi-zukuri Wakizashi, High Iori-mune and
a bit deep curve. Extremely high shinogi ridge and broad width on base
leading to upper Fukura area is swelling out.(click HERE for higher resolution image of the entire blade).
Forging(Hada): Itame mixing with entwined flowing Masame partly. There covers with sparkling Ji-nie glitter thickly darkish Chikei hard metal granules is gushing out from steel. Along temper side, there works with double or triple Yubashiri temper ways that overflows to Hiraji surface where activates with darkish Nie lines so called Kinsuji.
Temper(Hamon): Strong Nie based, Notare wavy. Coarse Nie granules attaches and deep in Nioi mist. Some shows double-triple scene and upper the blade, stronger the Nie, some Tobiyaki spot temper area appears. There shows plenty of rich Nie broad-minded activity.
Temper of tip(Boshi): Boshi is irregularly Midarekomi with medium circle turns back.
Tang(Nakago): Nakago is in UBU original. Two peg holes. Osujikai (greatly slanting left) filemarks. The signature in Hakiomote is seven large character that reads Hi dano kami Fuji Wara Uji Fusa.
The second generation UJIFUSA, real name [initially Kawamura Isechiyo, later changed to Kawamura Heijurō] was born in the 10th year of Eiroku(1567).
His father Wakasanokami Ujifusa won the praise from the daimyo Oda Nobunaga to exclusively belong to him. In the 5th year of Tensho (1577) Isechiyo(Hidanokami Ujifusa) moved to Azuchi castle town in Oumi province along with his father Wakasanokami Ujifusa to work exclusively as a page of Oda Nobutaka who is the 3rd son of Oda Nobunaga
After the Incident at Honnō-ji (本能寺の変, Honnō-ji no Hen) referred to the forced suicide in the 21th day, the sixth month, the 10th year of Tensho (1582) of Oda Nobunaga, UJIFUSAs (parent and son) returned to his home town Gifu with Oda Nobutaka's help then again came back to Kiyosu castle town under the support of Sakuma Masakatsu.
After his father Wakasanokami Ujifusa passed away in the 11th day, the 5th month, 18th year of Tensho (1590), he learned from his uncle Nobutaka in 1st generation and officially enjoyed [Hidanokami] title in the 11th day, the 5th month, 20th year of Tensho (1592).
On after Nagoya castle constuction in 1610, he moved from Kiyosu to Kaji town, Nagoya (now in 3 chome Marunouchi,Naka-ku).
He was in retirement 1631 to yield his position as head of the Ujifusa to his eldest son the 3rd generation [Bizen-nokami Ujifusa].
Hidanokami Ujifusa was passed away in the same year in 1631, was 65 years old.
This brave wakizashi would be judged as a work of his later period because of the signature analyzation - 4th stroke of charactar [HARA] goes through the 2nd stroke. He chisels a very good hand in a free and easy style.
The attached original Black lacquered Gold Sandalwood scabbard Owari koshirae consists of:
Fuchi/Kashira : Musashino scnene, Shakudo Ishime-ji Yobori gold,silver inlay
Menuki : Rihaku（李白） motif, Shakudo Yobori, gold,silver inlay
Kozuka : 12 animal signs（十二支） motif, Shakudo Nanako-ji Takabori, gold Iroe. Copper back panel
Tsuba : Iron irregular shape, Kasakusa arabesque motif gold inlay
Hilt : White rayskin, black logenze cord wrap
Both blade and koshriae fitting were exclusively made for vassal of the Owari clan and surprisingly remains almost an original condition.
The legitimate UJIFUSAs had been worked exclusively for Owari clan untill 5th generations middle of Edo period.
Old copper ground habaki collar, preserved in a Shira Saya plian wood mounting.