New Item: Gendaito by Seki Ju Kanemichi関住兼道作之, ideal for Tameshigiri for sale | Giheiya Japan

New Item: Gendaito by Seki Ju Kanemichi関住兼道作之, ideal for Tameshigiri for sale | Giheiya Japan

Item No.01-1326


Gendaito by Seki Ju Kanemichi関住兼道作之
Thick and stout sword, ideal for Tameshigiri(shizan試斬)


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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Swordsmith Kanemichi兼道, real name Kojima Tokijiro 小島時次郎 was born in 1902 in Seki city. He learned sword forging under Kojima Masakatsu 小島正勝 first, then later he was apprenticed to master swordsmith Watanabe Kanenaga 渡辺兼永.
His first signature was Kanetoki 兼時 and became an army approved swordsmith. Kanemichi was rated "Sword Forging Teacher/ the top rating" at the 1941 Sword Exhibition. He also won numerous prizes in his career such as Tokusen award 特選賞 in Japanese sword forging competitions.
He was famous as a leadership of contemporary sword smiths and had brought up his fellow pupils, younger brother Kanenori 小島兼則, his son Kanetoki 兼時 and grandson 2nd Kanemichi 小島兼道.

This sword was never been used practically since it was made, an ideal Tameshigiri sword mounted with a nice Koshirae.

<Appearance>
This relatively thick blade has an ordinary weight and a width, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune 鎬造り庵棟. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Nakamine 鳥居反り,中鋒.

<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is a tightly forged Koitame 小板目 and coarse Jinie 地沸(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.

<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Choji Midare 丁子乱れ with rich Ashi 足 activities and Yo 葉 appears in the Ha 刃.

Boshi- temper line of the tip is Midarekomi(wavy) and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.

<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang is Ubu(original) and has Takanoha 鷹羽 file marks. Nakago end is Kurijiri shape.

<Habaki-Metal collar>
Solid silver single piece Habaki with Shonai pattern.

<Signature>
Front: Seki Ju Kanemichi Korewo Tsukuru 関住兼道作之
Back: Showa Hinotomi Toshi Chushu Kichijitsu 昭和丁巳年仲秋吉日 - 1977, 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar charender, an auspicious day

<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.

Tsuba: Round iron base Tsuba.
Fuchi Kashira: Higo style set with a stone texture finish.
Kojiri: Solid silver base Kojiri with a polished surface.
Menuki: Engraved chrysanthemum.
Tsuka: Covered with black dyed ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with brown leather in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: Dark brown ishimenuri - a rough textured dark brown lacquerer finish.

<Blade Condition>
Polish: There are tiny, thin rusts due to Furutogi, also a visible Hike in the middle of blade.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: None


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Products No.01-1326

Blade length 74.3cm/ 2'5.2"/ 2shaku 4sun 5bu Tsuka length 25.7cm/ 10.1"/ 8sun 4.8bu
Curvature - Sori 1.5cm/ 0.6"/ 5.6bu Mekugi (Pegs) 1
Blade Bottom Width 32.5mm/ 1.26"/ 1sun 7bu Blade Bottom Thickness 7.8mm/ 0.3"/ 2.6bu
Blade Top Width 24.0mm/ 0.94"/ 7.8bu Blade Top Thickness 5.5mm/ 0.22"/ 1.8bu
Weight Blade only: 885g / 1.95lbs
Without Saya: 1,190g / 2.6lbs
Period Showa 1977
Inscription / Signature Front: Seki Ju Kanemichi Korewo Tsukuru 関住兼道作之
Back: Showa Hinotomi Toshi Chushu Kichijitsu 昭和丁巳年仲秋吉日
Registration in Japan 7 Nov, 1977
Gifu Prefecture Board of Education
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