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Fujiwara Masahiro Katana

Fujiwara Masahiro Katana

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  • Period: Early Edo (1658-1673)
  • Certification: Tokubetsu Kicho token certificate
  • Inscription: Hizenkoku Kawachi no kami Fujiwara Masahiro
  • Size:
    • Blade Length: 71.0 cm
    • Motohaba (Base Width): 3.1 cm
    • Sakihaba (Tip Width): 2.1 cm
    • Motokasane (Base Thickness): 0.8 cm
    • Sakikasane (Tip Thickness): 0.6 cm
    • Weight: 764 g


  • Sugata: Slight curve, shinogi-zukuri, iorimune
  • Kissaki: Ko-kissaki, round with thick return
  • Hamon: Chu-suguha with good nioiguchi and bright nioi line
  • Jihada: Ko-itame hada, well-grained with ji-nie and visible chikei

History & Background:

The blade is a creation of the illustrious second-generation Masahiro from Hizenkoku. This region, situated in present-day Saga prefecture, became a notable hub for sword craftsmanship, primarily due to the pioneering efforts of Tadayoshi, Masahiro's great-grandfather, at the beginning of the Edo period. Tadayoshi's name stands tall in Japanese sword history, revered as one of the paramount swordsmiths of the early Edo period.

Masahiro II was born in the fourth year of the Kan-Ei era (1626), proudly continuing his family's legacy. Before adopting the title "Kawachi no Kami" in 1665, after the death of his father, the first-generation Masahiro, he was previously known by the titles Musashi Daijyo in 1660, which he changed to Musashi no Kami the following year. His life journey culminated at the age of 73 in the 12th year of the Genroku era (1699).

Both Masahiro I and II held significant roles in the Hizen region. The first-generation began his service to Nabeshima Katsushige at the tender age of 17, a relationship solidified when Katsushige assumed leadership of the Saga Domain in Hizen in 1607. Masahiro I was chosen as the 'Okakae Kaji' for the Nabeshima clan, a prestigious role translating to the exclusive swordsmith for the feudal family. His son, the artisan behind this very blade, continued this tradition of exclusivity.

The Nabeshima clan, rulers of Hizenkoku during the Edo period, commanded significant influence, emphasizing the high regard in which Masahiro's craftsmanship was held. In this thriving environment, under the protective wing of the Nabeshima clan, swordsmiths like Masahiro II produced the renowned Hizen To blades. These swords, with their distinct jigane patterns, were the result of adeptly mixing and forging western carbon steel — a testament to Hizenkoku's flourishing international trade and its advantageous geographical positioning for importing this material.

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Shipping and Return

  • Swords are shipped from Tokyo, Japan. We manage all the procedures to export the sword.
  • You can't return sword to Japan because procedures are too strict.
  • We work with a shipping company that have experience with Nihonto so you don't have to worry.
  • Please check the rules of your country before importing the sword. We do not take any responsibility, including (not limited to) refund, due to the above reasons.

Export Procedure (We manage it)

・All our swords are registered in the Agency for Cultural Affairs as artwork and The Board of Education(Cultural properties protection Committee); therefore each sword has the registration card, issued by the Board of Education.
・After receiving the full payment of the items,we return the registration card and get the permission from Ministry of Cultural Affairs to export the swords legally from Japan. It will take about 20 business days to do this procedure.
・After the receiving the permission, we will inform you by email and send the items immediately.

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