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SWORD #244-40- KASHU JU FUJIWARA IETADA

 

 

The Swordsmith Ietada lived and worked in the city of Kanazawa in the province of Kaga. He was the son of Kaga Ieshige and the younger brother of Katsukuni of the Darani school. Their family name was Suzaki, Ietada's given name was Kichibei.

He forged blades in both the Bizen and Soshu schools of sword making using both Choji Midare and Notare Hamons following both traditions. He was also capable on special order to forge blades in the Yamato tradition as he did in this swords particular style. He was partial to the Tegai school of the Yamato tradition.

This particular sword is in Itame grain. It is covered in Ji-Nie and sparkling Chikei. The Hamon begins with two surges of Notare then into Suguha of sparkling nie spread beautifully even and thick thru-out on a clear Ji-gane. The boshi is a brushing of Hakikake Nie.

The Nakago is Ubu but Machi-Okuri with O Sujikai file marks. The inscription reads Kashu Ju Fujiwara Ietada.