HIZEN TADAYOSHI SCHOOL
The Godai Tadayoshi (Fifth Generation) was born in 1696. He was the son of the Omi Daijo Tadayoshi ( Fourth Generation). He began working around 1716 and worked until his death in 1775. He signed Hizen Kuni Tadahiro while his father was alive. He is also known to have signed Dai-mei for his father. After his father's death in 1747 he changed his signature to read Hizen (no) Kuni Tadayoshi. He received the title Omi (no) Kami in 1750 after which he began signing Hizen Kuni Omi (no) Kami Tadayoshi. He is the first of the later smiths to sign "Omi (no) Kami" and he is known by that nickname.
This smith had a long working life and produced a good number of swords. Although a later generation, his work is considered to resemble that of the first generation. He is considered to be the last of the "Shinto" Tadayoshi smiths. The next generation (6th) marks the beginning of the "Shinshinto" Tadayoshi smiths.
SUGATA: The fifth generation worked in the Yamashiro tradition like all of the Tadayoshi smiths. The sori is shallow Torii-sori with the shinogi being high. The kisane is thick and there is hiraniku.
HAMON: Chu-suguba is most frequent and it is nie-deki with abundant nie in the hamon. While other hamon such as notare, gunome, and choji can be found in the earlier generations, the later generations worked mostly in suguba. Occasionally there are exceptions, of course, as with this blade which has a very pronounced choji-midare temper with typical Shinto yakidashi.
BOSHI: The Boshi of the Fifth generation tend to be on the long side (slightly stretched). The temper in the boshi is wide with a komaru turn back and slight kaeri.
HADA: Two types of jihada are most commonly found on Hizen blades. They are the Konuka-hada (rice grain) and the nukame-hada (misty drizzle). These types of hada consist of extremely tight mokume which has become known as the distinctive "Hizen-hada".
NAKAGO: All of the Fifth generation's Tadahiro mei are iri-yamagata and all of his Tadayoshi mei are kuri-jiri..
MEI: As with all of the Tadayoshi smiths he signed his katana Tachi-mei. His signatures were as follows:
HIZEN KUNI TADAHIRO (1716-1747)
HIZEN KUNI TADAYOSHI (1747-1750)
HIZEN KUNI OMI (no) KAMI TADAYOSHI (1750+)
OMI (no) KAMI TADAYOSHI (1770+)
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