A true Nobuiye of an early generation.
Iron mokko shape plate with slightly raised rim and the surface carved and worked in the classic style of the Nobuiye school.
The plate is very hard and very well forged with strong iron bones and hammer work.
Mei: Nobuiye H 07074.0 (ca 1600-1650)
Known as "wide spaced signature" (kanji are carved at the top and bottom of seppa-dai area), this important tsuba is additional to those already known.
This example is superior to many of the others in both quality of the work and the attention to the detail carving. In this example the style of signature is not a copy of any known example, and shows the independent hand of the artist.
It is important to fully study the many various masters of the Nobuiye group and not beleive in the idea that there were only "two" great masters. The true examples will be found in the quality of the iron, its forging, and the shapes, designs and pure beauty of the metal as seen here.