Gendaito by Seki Ju Kanemichi 関住兼道
Freshly polished stout sword for Tameshigiri & display
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<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Mino den 美濃伝 Master swordsmith "Seki Ju Kanemichi 関住兼道",real name Kojima Ikuo 小島郁夫 was born in 1953 and lives in Seki city in Gifu prefecture.
He won the major prises in NBTHK Japanese sword forging competition since 1981 while serving as a chairman of the Association of Preservation of Seki Den(Seki traditional style)Japanese Sword Forging skill 関伝日本刀鍛錬技術保存会.
His father "Seki Ju Kanetoki(兼時)- Kojima Kanji 小島寛二" and his grand father "Kojima Tokijiro 小島時次郎 - the first generation Seki Ju Kanemichi関住兼道"(Ikuo is the 2nd Kanemichi) were also said to be the Mino-den Masters.
This sword was his unique creation of Soshu Den style which has incredibly beautiful Ji with running Itame Hada.
The blade just came back from polishing. We ordered our polisher to give a special Togi- a professional polishing in order to create an incredible sharpness.
The Togishi cautiously polished this blade especially at the tip where he changed the polishing angle by a millimeter and all his efforts resulted in this fantastic sharp blade as you can see in the pictures below.
It is an absolutely beautiful piece for display as well as an ideal Tameshigiri sword.
Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Omine.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is Itame with a running tendancy which becomes Masa Gokoro and coarse Jinie(darkish crystal)granule attaches on the surface.
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Gunome Midare with brilliant Nie white crystals attaches abundantly(Nie Deki).
Rich Sunagashi activities and Ginsuji(whitish silver line) show up along the cutting edge.
In the Hamon Yo appears while Kinsuji(whitish gold line) runs through along the temper line.
Boshi- temper line of the tip is Midarekomi(wavy) with rich Hakikake activities and turns back to a gentle curl called Komaru.
<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang is Ubu(original) and has Kattesagari 勝手下り file marks. Nakago end is Kurijiri shape.
Solid silver single piece Habaki with polished surface.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Round iron base Sukashi Tsuba with arrow design.
Fuchi Kashira Kojiri: Handachi style brass set with stone texture surface.
Menuki: Paddle motif.
Tsuka: Covered with ray skin and wrapped with dark blue pure silk in Morohineri-maki style.
Saya: Kuroro - lacquered in black.
Polish: Freshly polished. There is a needle point size Ishike on temper line.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: None.
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|Blade length||75.6cm/ 2'5.8"/ 2shaku 5sun||Tsuka length||24.5cm/ 9.7"/ 8sun 6rin|
|Curvature - Sori||2.0cm/ 0.8"/ 6.6bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||34.5mm/ 1.4"/ 1sun 1.3bu||Blade Bottom Thickness||7.5mm/ 0.3"/ 2.5bu|
|Blade Top Width||27.0mm/ 0.26"/ 2.1bu||Blade Top Thickness||6.5mm/ 0.26"/ 2.1bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 955g / 2.1lbs
Without Saya: 1,240g / 2.73lbs
|Inscription / Signature||Front: Kanemichi Korewo Tsukuru 兼道作之
Back: Heisei 16nen Shokabi
平成十六年初夏日 2006 Early summer
|Registration in Japan|| 23 June 2006
Gifu Prefecture Board of Education