Iai Shinken by Hishu Yatsushiro Ju Kaneshige(Akamatsu Taro Kaneshige)肥州八代住兼重
Light and well balanced sword, newly polished
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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Hishu Yatsushiro Ju Kaneshige 肥州八代住兼重, real name Kimura Kaneshige 木村兼重 lived in Yatsushiro city in Kumamoto prefecture.
He entered Nihonto Denshusho (training School) and learned under the founder Kurihara Akihide in 1942. During WWII he made sword for army and was ranked as Owazamono smith in Tosho ranking.
The Kimura (Akamatsu) family had served for generations for Sagara Daimyo of Higo 肥後.
They have developed their original forging style and very uniquely, they also have been making the Japanese sword material - "Tamahagane 玉鋼" from river sand iron for their globally known Akamatsu Taro swords. They work according to the style of famed Minamoto Kiyomaro 源清麿.
Kaneshige's forging skill and experience has been passed to his three sons - Akamatsu Taro Kanetsugu 赤松太郎兼嗣 / Kimura Kanesada 木村兼定, Kaneteru 兼照 / Kimura Kanehiro 木村兼弘 and Kanehiro 木村兼裕 / Kimura Kaoru 木村馨. His grandsons are smith Akamatsutaro Kanemitsu 赤松太郎兼光 / Kimura Mitsuhiro 木村安宏 and Kaneyuki 兼幸 / Kimura Yasuhiro 木村安宏.
This sword seemed to be made as an Iai Shinken originally as it takes a very good balance and light in weight.
Before uploading to our websites, we had it professionally polished. It shows a beautiful Ji and Hamon.
It has an ordinary blade weight and a width, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Nakamine.
There are Katachiri Bohi(thick groove which extends to shinogi,leaves flat space only on Mune side) on both side of the blade.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is a tightly forged Itame and coarse Jinie(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is a wonderful Choji and Ashi(vertical notches) are stacked abundantly.
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 Sujigai file marks. Nakago end is Kurijiri shape.
Gold gilded, single layer silver base Habaki with Yujo pattern.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Round iron base Sukashi Tsuba with the designs of Rai Un (thunder clouds)
Fuchi Kashira: Silver base set with engravings of arabesque
Menuki: Engraved Japanese pepper
Tsuka: Covered with ray skin with Oyatsubu and wrapped with black suede in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: Kuro-ishimenuri - a rough textured black lacquerer finish.
Polish: Newly polished
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: None.
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|Blade length||72.2cm/ 2'4.4"/ 2shaku 3sun 8bu||Tsuka length||--|
|Curvature - Sori||1.9cm/ 0.75"/ 6.8bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||31.5mm/ 1.24"/ 1sun 4rin||Blade Bottom Thickness||7.0mm/ 0.28"/ 2.3bu|
|Blade Top Width||23.5mm/ 0.92"/ 7.7bu||Blade Top Thickness||5.0mm/ 0.2"/ 1.6bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 620g / 1.37lbs
Without Saya: 910g / 2.0lbs
|Inscription / Signature||Front: Shin Kitae Hishu Yatsushiro Ju Kaneshige Tsukuru
Back: Showa 58nen 8gatsu Kichijitsu 昭和五十八年八月吉日
|Registration in Japan|| 17 Aug 1983
Kumamoto Prefecture Board of Education