Katana "Etchu no kami Masatoshi"
Type - Katana
Certificate – NBTHK - Tokubetsu Hozon
Period – Keichō (1596-1615) and Genna (1615-1624)
Province - Yamashiro
Master - Etchu no kami Fujiwara Masatoshi (越中守藤原正俊)
Mei: Etchu no kami Masatoshi (越中守正俊)
Nagasa – 69.1cm
Sori – 0.7cm
Source and Rating:
W.M. Hawley – 80 - MAS1070
Fujishiro - Jo-jo saku, S302
Toko Taikan - ¥10M – 568
Yamada family cutting tests - (Wazamono)
He is the fourth son of Seki Kanemichi, and along with his three older brothers, Kanemichi, Yoshimichi and Rai Kanemichi, he went up to Kyoto and lived in Nishi no Tôin Ebisugawa. He is said to have received the title of Etchû no Kami in Keichô Ninen (1597) Kugatsu, and produced till around Kan'ei. The swords he made have a wide body, ji is moku itame, and hamon is sugu midare or notare midare with sunanagashi and togari ha majiri. Even though there is a story in the Shintô Bengi which says "As for Masatoshi, those with HEIANJÔ JÛ FUJIWARA MASATOSHI are the shodai, and Etchû no Kami was inscribed later," the Heianjô Masatoshi commonly referred to is a separate person in the Ishidô Ha.