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刀:白鞘入り

銘: 八十翁 荘司美濃介藤原直胤(花押) (御委託品)

安政丁巳春吉日(ひのとみ)
葵美術正真鑑定書 重要刀剣 63回
新々刀:最上作:武蔵

当社では刀工の出来によって最上作、上々作、上作、普通作を記載しております。
本作の出来は直胤としては最上作にランクされる作品です。

上々研磨済み
はばき:銀地一重
刃長:76.3センチ
反り:1.4センチ
目釘穴:1個
元幅:3.45センチ
先幅:2.6センチ
重ね:0.95センチ
時代:江戸時代末期 安政4年 1858年
体配:身幅が広く重ね厚く反りやや深く付き切先がのびた豪壮な刀です。
地鉄:板目肌よく練れて刃区近辺から切先に至迄渦巻き状の直胤独特の地金があらわれ地錵が良く付地景が入る。
刃紋:錵出来、互の目乱れに尖り互の目が混じり丁字刃が刃入り足良く働き刃中砂流、金筋が良く働く。特に物内近辺から切先にかけてはより激しくなり砂流、金筋が絡み切先は互の目乱れとなり先行幾重にも丸く返り差裏は掃掛となる。 一見すると清麿の傑作を見る程であります。
刀身重量:1085グラム
特徴:直胤は安政七年(1778)頃羽前山形に生まれ、荘司蓑兵衛と称し水心子正秀の門に入り、後に正秀と共に秋元侯に仕えた。文政四年(1821)頃筑前大掾を受領し、嘉永元年(1848)に美濃介に転じた。作風は多彩で、文化初期頃は師同様な大濤瀾乱れの作、天保頃には大和伝、更に相州伝、美濃伝、山城伝の直刃を巧みにこなしている。壮年期には備前景光・兼光の作風に似た逆がかった互の目丁字を多く焼き、師である水心子正秀の唱えた実用論に沿った復古刀を目指したものと思われる。各地で作品を残し幕末の最上作に評価されている。特に天保時代に作刀された直胤の作品は「天保打」と呼ばれ、同工の最も優れた作品が作られている。天保五年(1834)に作られた相州伝の作には重要美術品に指定されているものがある。本作は安政時代最後の年に作られた。

葵美術より一言:安政四年(1857)に七十九歳で没した。 本作には80翁と記載されており亡くなったのが79歳で時代が合わないと考えられますが79歳と切るより80翁と切る事の意味が長寿を全うしたと考えられ拘ったのかも知れません。 過去東京藤代商店で発行された新々刀集 (刃紋と銘字)では高齢者ゆえの誤算か喜ぶ老癖と考えられると記載されている。いずれにせよ本作は重要刀剣に指定された最高級の作品と言えます。次郎太郎直勝、水心子正次をはじめとする非常に優れた門人を多く輩出した。本作は師匠であった水心子正秀の復古刀を取り入れてはばき元より物打ち近辺迄は比較的穏やかに切れ味を良くする為に尖り刃を入れ物打ち近辺からは激しく互の目乱れを焼いて刃中m砂流、金筋を盛んに働きより強い作品を独自の刀の強さを完成させた直胤の最上傑作品と言えます。是非この見事な作品をお勧め致します。

時代背景:安政3年7月21日は栗鼠が下田に着任し通貨の交換率など幕府との交渉に当たる。
安政5年(1858年)福沢諭吉が蘭学塾(慶応義塾の前身)を創立する。

葵美術評価鑑定書:重要刀剣 (第63回)
全身押し形

Katana in Shirasaya

NBTHK Jyu yo Token.#63.
Signature :80 Okina Soshi Mino Suke Fujiwara Naotane (kao)
Ansei Hinotomi haru Kichijitsu. (consignment sale)

(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs toSaijyo saku (the top) ranking.
The blade was polished by highest ranking polisher.
Habaki :silver single
Blade length : 76.3 cm or 30.04 inches.
Sori :1.4cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.45cm or 1.36 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.6 cm or 1.024 inches.
Kasane : 0.95cm or 0.374 inches.
Era : Late Edo period. Ansei 4th
Shape : The blade is very long, wide and thick with nice sori and long kissaki gorgeous blade.
The weight of the blade: 1085 grams.
Jigane :From the hamachi to kissaki area, item had and uzumakihada mixed well grained and chikei work.
Hamon :Niedeki gunome midair and togari gunome, cyojimidare mixed with ash sunagashi also kinsuji scatter.
From The hamachi area to Kissaaki , very active double hamon and gunome midair especially sunagasi and Kinsuji scatter.
Boshi moot side is round shape many round shape. on the urea side, gunome midare and hakikake style. From the Monouchi to Kissaki. the blade looks typical Kiyomaro style.
Special feature:Naotane, born Shoji Minobei in 1778 or 1779 at Yamagata in Dewa province. Considering from his tytle Taikei used at a later date, his birthday is possibly 15th July. He went to Edo and become a pupil of Suishinshi Masahide. Around 1812, the Akimoto family in Yamagata province retained Naotane too. In 1821, Naotane got the title Chikuzen-daijo. In 1848, he stepped up to the Mino (No) Kami. As building up a solid reputation, he got many invitations to forge sword in various places. He added the name of place to inscribe the signature. Naotane passed away in 1857, aged 79. Naotane could make a variety of styles: Bizen-den, Soshu-den, Yamashiro-den and
Yamato-den. He was especially good at Bizen-den and the Soshu-den. His swords are ranked at the highest rank called Saijo-saku in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Especially his swords forged in the Tempo era (1830 to 1844) called Tempo-uchi are highly appreciated as his best examples attained maturit This sword was made the final stage Ansei era.

From Aoi Art:He studied from Suishinshi Masahide and later on Masahide controvert an opinion of modern swords which is good looking wavy doranba hamon . He said Doranba hamon is easy to break so craftsmen must return to make old style Kogunome or kocyouji midair hamon, The student Naotane followed his master's opinion. But this kind of Hamon are not welched from sword demanded oerson. He tried to make mixed up old style and also modern style. This sword from the Hamachi to Monouchi area, gentle gmall gunome, and cyoji midair and also togari gunome midair hamon, from the monouchi area to Kissaki area, very active gunome with many sunagashi and kinsuji and also kissaki is gunome midair with active sunagasi, asi and Kinsuji like typical Kiyomaro style. So Naotane succeeded to mixed up old koto style and modern active strong hamon. The Hamon is bright and clear wonderful hamon and also well grained uzumaki jigane.
I think the blade will be good investment sword. He passed away Ansei 4th (1857) age 79. but on the sword nakago, he engraved 80 Akina(old man) which is not matched his age and the 80.
According to the old book written by Fujishiro book before the water time Shinshinto (Hamon and name) The reason is just only mistake because of old age or 79 years is almost 80 and very lucky year for an old man who has lived for long life. So He wrote
the age as 80 very lucky life. At Edo period it is almost impossible to enjoy long life so we understand his feeling well.
Recently Naotane became NBTHK Tokubetsu Jyuyo token.
I think this sword looks as same as that Naotane. so it is possible to upgrade to Tokubetsu Hozon in the future. We strongly recommend this wonderful sword for you.

AOI Bijyutsu Syoshin(genuine) Kanteisyo: NBTHK Jyuyo Token.hozon paper.
whole Oshigata.