A first-generation Hizen Masahiro katana
Mid 17th century
The blade of shinogi-zukuri form, narrow sugu-ba of thick nie and ko-itame hada, the slight suriage-nakago with kiri and o-sujikai yasuri with three mekugi-ana, signed Hizen no kuni Kawachi Daijo Fujiwara Masahiro; in shirazaya; koshirae: the saya of black ishime lacquer; the tsuka wrapped with doe skin over black same; the iron Higo tsuba pierced with ya-no-ne; the shakudo ishime fuchi-gashira inlaid with ya-no-ne in gold and silver takazogan; the silver menuki also in the form of ya-no-ne, unsigned; both with fabric bag. The blade 63.5cm (25in) long. (5).