Your Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi must be dated Kanbun go nen, 1665, 3rd gen., sandai. Your yari leaves off the first part of Dewa, Dewa no Daijo something? Kunimichi saku, between Genna and Kanbun. Shodai, nidai? You know reading these sideways makes it harder. John
Tsuba 2: Shakudo nanako Tsuba with Shishi and Botan Signed Hidemitsu of Omori (I Think?) and kao. Could also be read Terumitsu.
Fuchi: yet to be determined
Yari: Dewa no Daijo ?? Kunimichi saku, between Genna and Kanbun. Shodai, nidai?
Wakizashi 1: Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi must be dated Kanbun go nen, 1665, 3rd gen., sandai
Wakizashi 2: Tamba no Kami Fujiwara Terukado 照門 a Mino Zenjo ha smith from Manji era. 1658-1661 => Confirmed, thank you!
Katana: HIZEN KUNI ( no ) JU MUSASHI DAIJO FUJIWARA TADAHIRO , dating : KANEI GO NEN HACHI - GATSU - KITSU - JITSU . = 1628 ( Hizen Tadayoshi School ) => Confirmed, thank you!
Mon: Maruni Sanbon Sugi
By the way, I also decided to list what I own, try as much as possible to identify and date them. I have afew dozens Ukyo-e that will be very difficult to identify; does someone have any clue of a good website that could help?
The signatures are secondary and only confirmation of the characteristics of the item. often old papers are wrong. Tadahiro signatures are the most faked and there are 3 times the amount of papered blades out there than would have been possible for him to make. The characteristics are paramount. This may be usefull
Reading the mainline there is obviously an issue with the signature/attriubtion; blade dated 1628 makes it that Tadahiro was 14 by then... Could it be Tadayoshi instead?
I do not know his blades characteristics though. Mine is well crafted with a Notare hamon, which is almost Suguha.
For the Tsuba, that is amazing! It is an exact copy of the one you sold 2 days ago on ebay which I just found! Do you have closer pics of yours so that we can check? Mine has a small defect on the side though, looks like it hit something.
The best man for this is a board member and happens to run the site I linked. He is a really nice man and I'm sure if you emailed him with some good pictures, he may help you out with that. He signed Tadahiro after 1624. If you look on my tsuba page there are some more picks of the tsuba and the sword page, a 3rd generation Yoshimichi O wakizashi
Thanks Ian, I checked your pics against my Tsuba, and they are exactly identical! Incredible... I thought that apart the casted Tsubas they were one of a kind? I mean I wasn't able to spot any difference (apart from the damage on mine) between both Tsubas. being able to handcraft 2 perfectly Tsubas like this is amazing!
About the Yoshimichi, mine seems quite close, but your Hamon is higher up.
Hello Laurent Of course there are many fakes of famous signatures and characteristics are crucial for the specified artist. If everything were in agreement, then one could infer the Shodai Tadayoshi, who signed in 1624 with Tadahiro! Even if the inscription is fake, it is still a beautiful blade. Thanks for the pictures. If you ever come to Germany, we could compare the Tadayoshi / Tadahiro blades!
(Tsuba 2: in my collection I have a similar Tsuba with the same signature - read as: Terumitsu, plus Kao-seal, it is the fourth master of the Omori family.)