A BIZEN HATAKEDA TACHI
KAMAKURA PERIOD (CIRCA 1290), SIGNED SANEMORI
Configuration (sugata): with longitudinal ridge line (shinogi-zukuri), shallow peaked back (iori-mune) and medium point (chu-kissaki); length (nagasa): 2 shaku, 2 sun, 9 bu (69.4cm.); curvature (sori): koshi-zori of 1.6cm.; increase in width of blade (fumbari): 1.0cm. Forging pattern (jihada): mokume. Tempering pattern (hamon): irregular clove-like patterns (choji midare) in nioi and ko-nie and with 'legs' (ashi), all closely resembling an Ichimonji hamon. Point (boshi): Tang (nakago). Shape (keitai): shortened (suriage) approximately 8cm. and with a glossy, smooth, brown surface; file marks (yasurime): sujikai on the original surface and new (kiri-yasuri) elsewhere; end (nakagojiri): rounded (kurijiri); holes (mekugi-ana): four; signature (tachimei): Sanemori.
Silk storage bag.
Accompanied by a juyo token certificate, dated Showa 45 (1970), an origami bearing the date of Genroku 11 (1698) stating that this blade was presented by the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Tsunayoshi (1680-1709), to the daimyo Hosokawa, Lord of Etchu, as a token of gratitude for the successful work in erecting the main building of the Toeizan Temple (where stands present-day Ueno Park, Tokyo). Signed by Kudo Mataemon Nagahisa, a retainer of the Hosokawa household, and a card, signed Hosokawa Etchu [no] Kami (Hosokawa, Lord of Etchu), and red sealed, stating that the blade was a Gohairyo [A Gift from the Shogun].
Lillard P. Miller, San Antonio, Texas
Juyo token to zufu, vol. 19. One Hundred Masterpieces (1992), no. 8.
The Hatakeda School of Bizen was founded by Hatakeda Moriie, but may be considered closely attached to the Osafune School from which he came.