T10865(W2782) Wakizashi signed Hidanokami Fujiwara UJIFUSA
with)Burgundy Stone surface lacquered High-Sunk relief Makie scabbard Chisa-katana Koshirae
NBTHK(Tokubetsu Hozon)
NBTHK(Hozon) for Tsuba
NBTHK(Hozon) for Kozuka/Kogai)
Shinto Early Edo period (Keicho era/circa 1596-) Owari
Length of cutting edge 36.6cm Curvature 0.8cm Width of base 31.9mm Thickness of base 6.4mm
Blade construction: Heroic Kan'muri-otoshi-zukuri Wakizashi, High Iori-mune and a bit on deeper side in curve. High Shinogi ridge and broad on base leading to upper swelling Fukura in full. It is stout holding thick Kasane and heavy on hand.(click HERE for higher resolution image of the entire blade).
Forging(Hada): Itame mixing with entwined flowing Masame that appears along boundary line. There covers with sparkling Ji-nie glitter thickly darkish Chikei hard metal granules is gushing out from steel.
Temper(Hamon): Strong Nie based, undulating Notare wave. Coarse Nie granules attaches along boundary line and deep in Nioi mist. Along boundary line, there works with double or triple darkish lines of Kinsuji or Hotsure fray. Some isolated temper of Muneyaki appear along the back ridge of Mune.There shows plenty of rich Nie broad-minded activity.
Temper of tip(Boshi): Boshi is irregularly Midarekomi with medium circle back like the side view of Jizou stone stature then deeply turns back to form Muneyaki.
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 飛騨守藤原氏房.

The subject smith 2nd generation UJIFUSA 氏房, initial real name Kawamura Isechiyo 河村伊勢千代 later changed to Kawamura Heijuro 河村平十郎, was born in the 10th year of Eiroku(1567).
His father Wakasanokami Ujifusa 若狭守氏房 won the praise from the daimyo Oda Nobunaga 織田信長 to exclusively belong to him. In the 5th year of Tensho (1577) Kawamura Isechiyo 河村伊勢千代 moved to Azuchi castle town in Oumi province along with his father Wakasanokami Ujifusa 若狭守氏房 to work exclusively as a page of Oda Nobutaka 織田信孝 who is the 3rd son of Oda Nobunaga 織田信長.
After the Incident at Hon'no-ji (本能寺の変, Hon'no-ji no Hen) referred to the forced suicide in the 21th day, the sixth month, the 10th year of Tensho (1582) of Oda Nobunaga 織田信長, UJIFUSAs (parent and son) returned to his home town Gifu with Oda Nobutaka's 織田信孝 help then again came back to Kiyosu castle town under the support of Sakuma Masakatsu 佐久間正勝.
After his father Wakasanokami Ujifusa 若狭守氏房 passed away in the 11th day, the 5th month, 18th year of Tensho (1590), he learned from his uncle Nobutaka 信高 in 1st generation and officially enjoyed [Hidanokami 飛騨守] 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 備前守氏房].
Hidanokami Ujifusa 飛騨守氏房 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 原] goes through the 2nd stroke. He chisels a very good hand in a free and easy style.

with) Burgundy Stone surface lacquered High-Sunk relirf makie scabbard Chisa-katana Koshirae
(High resolution image of Koshriae HERE for front / HERE for the other side / HERE for close up image of each fitting)
  • Fuchi/Kashira : Bamboo crab design, Shakudo Nanako-ji surface, Takabori carving, Gold Iroe, unsigned
  • Menuki : Minogame Bamboo old tortoise with its shell overgrown with water-plants design, Shakudo ground, Katabori carving, Gold Iroe
  • Futatokoromono (Kozuka/Kogai) : Misu bamboo blind Paulownia flowers and leaves design, Yamagane ground, Kebori carving, Gold Iroe, unsigned a work of Kyo-Kanagushi (NBTHK Hozon)
  • Tsuba : Misu bamboo blind AOI arabesque design, Shakudo ground, polish surface, Gold/silver inlay, unsigned a work of Kaga-kinko (NBTHK Hozon)
  • Scabbard : Burgundy Stone surface lacquered Ivy arabesque, Saya-mon pattern, Maple leaf high-sunk relief Makie
  • Tsuka : White rayskin, Brown stone surface lacquered leather lozenge wrap
Silver foiled silgle layer habaki, preserved Shira-saya plain wood mounting
Old good polish/Condition scale: excellent - very good (using a scale of mint-excellent-very good-good-fair-poor)
Wakizashi signed Hidanokami Fujiwara UJIFUSA
Wakizashi signed Hidanokami Fujiwara UJIFUSA
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