HARIMA DAIJO FUJIWARA SHIGETAKA
1600 - 1624 A.D.
Shigetaka is a Smith of the second Golden age of Sword manufacturing, the so called "Keisho Shinto Period". From Iida, he moved to Seki City to study under master sword Smith Mino Kanenori. He then traveled with Kanenori to establish himself in Echizen Province where his fame became known thru-out Japan.
This 400 year old sword is an excellent example of Shigetaka's workmanship. The classical overall shape is a perfect example of his professional status as a Master Swordsmith during a transitional period of sword manufacturing changes.
He was awarded the Harima Daijo Title by the Imperial Court as a mark of excellence.
His main production was in Wakisashi and this particular special order blade is wonderfully contained in it's original Koshirai.
The Kitai is in Mokume grain with Ji-Nie and chikei. The Hamon is a classical notare mixed with Gunome in the Deki with fine mixture of Nioi Ashi. This is a special order blade handed down thru the Yakuyu family dynasty.