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Wakizashi - Fujiwara Saneyuki 

4 900.00 EUR 
5 463.50 USD 


Wakizashi - Fujiwara Saneyuki
藤原實行 - Shinto - Kanbun
Total Weight 0.941 kg
Weight without Saya 0. 723 kg
Blade Weight 0. 471 kg
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
65.6 cm
Nagasa 52.1 cm
Tsuka Length 17.2 cm
Sori (curvature) 1.5 cm
Kissaki Length 2.80 cm
Moto Haba 2.91 cm
Saki Haba 1.88 cm
Moto Kasane                     A = 0.56 cm
                    B = 0.70 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane                     A = 0.41 cm
                    B = 0.48 cm
Curvature Torii zori (Central curvature) with light Funbari
Type Kissaki Ō Chū Kissaki (Middle length)
Blade Structure Shinogi Zukuri (diamond shape)
Mune Iori mune (Triangular)
Hamon Gunome Choji Midare with beginning in Yakidashi type. There is Nijuba, Ashi , Yo and fine Sunagashi.
Hada Ko Itame / Veri fine Masame
Boshi Ko maru Kaeri with wide quenching
Nakago Ubu (unaltered), Signed Omote 藤原實行 Fujiwara Saneyuki, length 13.5cm, 2 Mekugi Ana, Classical Shape Futsu Gata, Yasurime Katte Sagari on the flanks (very slightly tilted), Yasurime Sujikai on the Mune and the Ha (inclined)
End Kuri Jiri in Iriyama Gata Jiri (Disymetrical V)
Saya Weight: 214g, length 56.4cm, shiny golded bron lacquered, Sageo polyester bicolor brown/gold, Koiguchi and Kurigata in horn with gilded Shitodome. Rounded end of Saya, place for Kogatana.

Fuchi Kashira)
- Tsuka: Weight 107g, length 17.2cm, White full Same, Weaved in black silk, Tsumami Maki
- Menuki: Sentaku, design of Dragon
- Fuchi Kashira: design of gilded Shishi (Komainu) with a patinated Nanako background
- Habaki: Weight 30g, copper covered by a silver leaf. No design on the flanks (Muji), Nekogaki on the Mune and Ha.
- Seppa: 2 gilded copper seppa, fine rounded crenellations, total weight 10g.
- Tsuba:Weight 101g, Size 7.02x7.41x0.47cm. Shape Kawari Gata (matching the design), Design of leavec in Sukashi & Nikubori techniques, with traces of gold edging. Typical from the Kinai school.
Team Review
Study :
The Saneyuki are smiths from the Bungo Takada province, In Kyushu, Kanbun era, beginning of Shinto.
This blade is identical to the production of the Saneyuki smithing from the Kanbun era. A very nice item with a cutting test can ben seen on the internet. However the signature is slightly different: it can be from a late attribution. All the features are identical, Sugata Hamon, Yasurime Kurijiri...

One should know that there were over ten Saneyuki in Bungo, over the Koto and moreover the Shinto eras. The blade shown here is frome the first Shinto Saneyuki generations. There were 2, from 1615 to 1672, with the father "Kyuzaburo" and the son "Shozaemon".

This blade seems to be issued from the son work, whose activity was in Kanbun (1661-1673) His work is reknown for the Hada in Ko-Itame, Gunome Choji in Ko Nie Deki, with a large Nioi Guchi, the Boshi being often classical with a Ko-Maru-Kaeri.
The Fujiwara Takada school:
The forges of the Bungo (豊後) province in Kyushu (West Japan), not known since the Heian era (794 - 1185). The Takada Bungo school started during the Kamakura era (1185-1333) and grows particularly during the Muromachi era (1336-1573). The Bungo province is historically known for the excellency of the smiths of the Koto era, like Yukihira (行平)  or Sadahide (定秀). This late one was also a priest in the Hikosan shirne in Fukuoka, Kyushu.

The Takada school, also called Bungo Takada (豊後高田), was made official by Tomoyuki (友行) in the Takada during the Nanbokucho era division (1336-1392), at the beginning of Muromachi, of the warring states period.

Tomoyuki is considered as a very high quality smith. The Bungo blades, even less reknown and underrated, were very researched for their sharpness and their strengthness, as often for the Kyushu blades. 3 great smiths, Muneyuki, Shigeyuki, and Yukinaga have even received the supreme title of "Yoki-Wazamono" for their remarkable sharpness and the cutting capacity of their blades.

As for their signatures (Mei), the members of the Takada school during the Shinto era are alo called "Fujiwara Takada" (藤原高田), because they often used Fujiwara in their signatures.

There are 3 big era of the Bungo smith, Ko-Takada before Muromachi, then Sue-Takada (Taira Takada) during Muromachi and, in the end, Fujiwara Takada starting the Azuchi Momoyama era (end of Koto, begining of Shinto).
The Bungo Province:
The Bungo province is located in an island of Kyushu, in the west japan. It's in the neighborhood, of Hizen who have seen the famous smith lienage Hizen Tadayoshi, also beginning of Edo.
This province and the one of Buzen were ruled by the Otomo during 400 years, from the Kamakura era to the Sengoku era. This clan was very important in the war effort to repel the Mongol invasions of 1274 and 1281.
It was also one of the first clan to get into contact with the Europeans, and setting commercial relationships with them.
Another remarkable fact, the arrival of the Jesuit Francis Xavier around 1549, meeting Otomo Sorin soon after, Shugo of the Bungo and Buzen provinces. Francis Xavier described him as a "King". Otomo Sorin converted to Catholiscism in 1578. It was the starting point of Catholicism in Japan.

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