Nobutaka (Hoki no Kami)

NOBUTAKA II (Hoki no Kami), katana, early shinto period;

omote mei: “Hoki no Kami Fujiwara Nobutaka”;
sugata: shinogi-zukuri, iori-mune, sori 1.36 cm;
nagasa: 72.4 cm, motohaba 3.4 cm, sakihaba 2.46 cm, kassane 0.84 cm;
hamon: nie-deki gunome midare and togari-ba, with many ashi;
boshi: ko-maru with kinsuji, very long kaeri;
kitae: jitetsu of small itame hada, with grain, and abundant ji-nie;
nakago: two mekugi ana, suji-kai kasurime, ha-agari kuri-jiri;
horimono: omote is Tama-oi-ryu (dragon chasing a ball/pearl) and bo-hi towards the kissaki;
ura is banner on a spear (hatahoko), plus bo-hi; [Mino-to p.121, 241]
This is a wide thick, healthy blade. He worked in Osaka, Kanei era (1624) to Genroku (1688).
His father came from Mino. His mei is similar to shodai.
[oshigata from Aoi Arts, Tokyo]

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