Katana Gold inlay body test cut

Stunning long Katana 刀 Ōmi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhira 近江 の 髪 藤原 次ぐ平 signed 3rd gen 三代目 (Fujita Yoshiro 藤田 ヨシロ) Tsukuru 作る (make) and Yamano Kanjûrô 山野勘十郎 swordsman Tameshi-mei (Tameshigiri 試斬り relate) Gold 黄金 inlay rare form body test cut / with old Shirasaya 白鞘


Tsuguhira generations:

Tsuguhira - Fujita Japanese swordsmiths 17th and 18th centuries page

Katana blade:

Tamahagane 玉鋼
Cutting edge length: 71,1 cm.
Nagasa: 70,2 cm.
Sori: 1,2 cm.
Motohaba: 3,1 cm.
Sakihaba: 2,0 cm.
Motogasane: 0,7 cm.
Sakigasane: 0,5 cm.
Nakago hole: One
Hamon: Nioiguchi with deep Suguha style with Notare ba mixed
Hada: Masame hada well grained with Itame
Age: between the Kyōhō 享保 and the Kan'en 寛 延 Era.
Edo period 江戸時代, Edo jidai also called Tokugawa period 徳川時代,
(first half of the 18th century)

In the opinion of several current experts Ōmi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhira 3rd generation (Fujita Yoshiro) was one of the best Japanese swordsmiths in his time, some say that he is possibly the best (see studies and opinions by Aoi Art, Christie's also Sotheby's proficients, the same by NBTHK, NTKK and others...)

Katana blade condition:

Old polishing well preserved only a superficial little creases group short minimal dots and a small shadow on Hamon. Watch page detailed pictures please also you can ask any questions will be welcome of course.


Nakago Mei / Signed:
Ōmi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhira Tsukuru 近江 の 髪 藤原 次ぐ平 作る (Tsukuru 作る translate is “make”)
3rd gen 三代目 was called Fujita Yoshiro 藤田 ヨシロ

Nakago Tameshi-mei (Saidan Mei Gold 黄金) / Tameshigiri 試斬り (body cut test)

Yamano Kanju~ro~ (Kanjûrô) Hisahide (山野勘十郎久英) 2nd or 3rd gen. Hisahide 久英 ¿? Or 3rd Hisatoyo (久豊) ¿?
a member of the Yamano swordsmen family I asume al last that 3rd generation of Yamano Kanjûrô Hisahide 久英 (Hanaoshi) - O-Kesa Otoshi ' in which a body is cut from across one shoulder and through the opposite part of the trunk 胴体 .

O-Kesa Otoshi was the fifth most difficult way to cut a body according to the most recognized antique Japanese classification


Tameshigiri 試斬り cutting test
Tameshigiri: Literally meaning test cut, tameshigiri was a practice for high quality Japanese swords mainly in the Edo Period It was done by cutting one or several human bodies.

Some of the most active executors of this practice were members of the Yamano family.

After Dr. Honma´s initial studies, kinzôgan-mei were somewhat neglected and even today there are hardly any scientific approaches to that matter. With this article I would like examine kinzôgan-setsudan-mei of the early Edo-period sword testing family Yamano using Dr. Honma´s studies as a basis. The article itself is divided into several parts:

Part I introduces Ka´emon Nagahisa and Kanjûrô Hisahide, and supplements and corrects existing studies.

Part II gives an overview of the characteristics and rules of the setsudan-mei of the Yamano family.

Link to this report:

Yamano Kanjûrô and his swordsmen family



Shirasaya 白鞘 :

Wood: Honoki (Hinoki 檜 Japanese Cypress) old traditional work



Katana papers:

- Kyoiku-inkai registered number 249494 - Japanese official documentation (paper previously called Daimyo) the document card that testifies to the sword ownership :

This is a sealed Prefectural (Kyoiku-inkai) Registration Card In order to legally own a original sword in Japan it has to be registered in accordance with the Ju-to-ho 銃刀法 it is the original card including inscription in equivalent characters of the Katana Nakago Mei both sides (Ōmi no Kami Fujiwara Tsuguhira 近江 の 髪 藤原 次ぐ平 / Yamano Kanju~ro~ (Kanjûrô) 山野勘十郎久英) in order at inequivocal blade identification.

The Board of Education prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged and signature verification. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan.

Daimyo Registered: This sword was registered in current sword registration system started in Japan in modern era. Such swords, which were registered in a few years after the system started, are known among collectors as "Daimyo" (feudal lord) registration swords as it was Daimyo or other Daimyo-like wealthy families who owned many precious swords and were asked by the Japanese government to register their swords in the early stage of the newly introduced registration system to familiarize it to the society but it is not the official name of course what is Kyoiku-inkai (Prefectural Registration Card)



- Signed and sealed printed paper 認証 from a Ju~ho~token Kenkyu kai member Japanese expert.


Katanacenter certification added::

Our own Kantei 鑑定 attested identification of this Katana blade and condition.




Katana blade in Shirasaya with Bukuro (natural Silk Katana bag) more attested papers is the total included in this sale.

But optionally I can included a Koshirae that can be seen in the final pictures made expressly in a fine traditional handwork to fit exctly at this blade allowing even the practice of Iai-do or simply display of course. A modern Koshirae work that is described below made by a high quality Japanese Koshiraeshi master:


Koshirae 拵え:

Fine Koshirae with Sakura 桜 (cherry blossoms) Kodogu theme. Work attributed to Nidai Katenosuke 二代兼之助

Wood: Honoki (Hinoki 檜 Japanese Cypress)
Fuchi/Kashira: Gold 黄金 and Silver inlay cherry blossom style Higo 肥後 school’s
Menuki couple: Buddhist
Same: Ray Skin with with central nodules that are always reserved for high-quality Koshirae work
Ito: Brown natural Silk

Depicting as Fuchi/Kashira Sakura (cherry blossom) Gold 黄金 and Silver inlay

Habaki 鎺:
Old copper work solid Silver foil covered

Wood: Honoki (Hinoki 檜 Japanese Cypress)
Kurikata Shitodome couple: Silver Golden plated
Black natural Urushi lacquered
Sageo: Blue Silk

Bukuro (Katana/Koshirae bag): Natural Silk purple color


Koshirae condition:

Excellent condition as it is a modern work, the purple silk bag shows some slight discoloration when these natural silks are dyed with vegetable dyes also and although modern, it was made years ago. Estimated age: Shōwa era 昭和

Kodogu (Fuchi/Kashira and Tsuka) are an exquisite original hand work Higo 肥後 school’s attributed to the famous craftsman Nidai Katenosuke (Kanosuke 2gen 二代兼之助)

Higo 肥後 school

The Higo (肥後) school. The Higo-style Tsuba was established in Kumamoto prefecture in the Edo period, Kanei era (1624-1645), and was made mainly in Kumamoto city and Yatsushiro city. In Higo-style metalworkers, four prestigious schools did excellent work; the Hayashi family, Hirata family, Nishigaki family, and Shimizu family. They were good at Tsuba and other sword mountings such as Fuchi Kashira and Menuki. In the Edo period, Higo-style Tsuba was a trendy brand among Samurais.




Ref.: Katana 125

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