|Everything nice, excellent quality,
Saya, Habaki, Higo mounts, Tsunagi, Jo-Togi polish, Jo-Shirasaya, good silk, top
Gold-covered Habaki, the sword itself -
NTHK Kanteisho Heisei Gen-nen -
|The Higo mounts are of the 'Broken Fan' design which symbolizes the Buddhist concept of "impermanence".|
Tsuba with 'Broken Fan' design
Round iron plate with the faces inlayed (some missing) with brass.
In Shinto times the Takada school, founded by Tomoyuki in the Nanbokucho period, still had a good number of smiths and was thriving. Members of the school are also known as the Fujiwara Takada because most used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures.
Members of the Takada school worked in a variety of traditions, their blades appear to satisfy practical rather than artistic needs. The blades have a shallow sori, thick kasane and relatively small chu-kissaki. The jihada is rough and coarse mokume-hada. The hamon is in nioi deki and koshi-no-hiraita midare mixed with stiff midare and yaki-kuzure (crumbled pattern). Nie are seen sporadically. Blades are similar to those of Sue-Bizen in some ways.
Toko Taikan (pg 264)
There are not many Sadayuki - the
first is Oei, another O-nin, Then there are the Takata smiths with
different names working in Bungo through out the Muromachi. This is not one of
This Sadayuki is known for his
quality and ability to make attractive and, as described by the Japanese,
"Splendid" Yakiba forms. So he is referred to as the Fujiwara
Takata - as he signed with the Fujiwara.
The Momoyama is the Unification we hear attached to the name of Tokugawa and the Shinto swords. Actually, the Unification came with the Taiko, Hideyoshi - whose castle was on Momoyama hill.
After the ascendancy of Hideyoshi and the Toyotomi, the Momoyama brings really fine, especially strong and proud swords to Japan. These Momoyama smiths became the great late Koto masters, such as Kunihiro, who taught the kids in Edo how to make Shinto.
Momoyama is 1585 to 1596. Hideyoshi died in 1592 - the Tokugawa had it out with Hideyoshi's followers at Sekigahara in 1600 and Iyeyasu took the title of Shogun in 1603.
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