Late Muromachi era sword by Kanetomo 兼知 (1521 - 1555)
Freshly polished, light and balanced Iai Shinken / Nice display piece
<Swordsmith and sword feature>
Swordsmith Kanetomo 兼知 lived in Seki province and actively made swords around Daiei to Tenbun era (1521-1555).
The first generation Kanetomo was a son of Kanetsuna 兼綱 and they belonged to Tokuin lineage 得印派 among 7 major group of Shichi-to-sei 七頭制. The second generation Kanetomo in Seki also made swords in Nirayama castle, requested by Hojo Soun in Izu Domain.
This sword was made by the second Kanetomo. Although it's more than 400 years old, it still keeps the original tang and healthy condition. The blade was professionally polished just before we uploaded to our web sites.
The NBTHK certificate was issued in 1990.
Well balanced and tightly fitted with Koshirae, it is an special Iaito for practitioners as well as a collectible piece for Japanese sword lovers.
It has an ordinary blade weight and a width, Shinogi-zukuri, Iori-mune. The curve is Toriizori style and the blade top is Nakamine.
<Hada - Forging>
The jihada (body of the sword) is an Itame 板目 with running tendancies which become Masa 柾 around the cutting edge.
There is a Hataraki called Shirake utsuri 白気写り ( the white mist floating in the ji along the shinoji).
<Hamon - Temper patterns>
The Hamon is Suguba 直刃 mixed with Kuichigaiba (lines of hamon which are not completely aligned, allowing for a gap between the tempered lines), with brilliant nie white crystals attaches abundantly on the cutting edge.
In the Hamon Suna-nagashi shows it's flowing sand-like pattern.
Boshi- temper line of the tip is Yakitsume 焼き詰(The Boshi continues directly to the Mune without turning back on itself.
<Nakago - Tang>
The Tang is Ubu(original) and has Takanoha file marks 鷹ノ羽鑢目. Nakago end is Haagari Kurijiri shape 刃上り栗尻.
Solid silver single piece Habaki with Yujo pattern.
<Koshirae - Mountings>
please check the detail pictures.
Tsuba: Iron base Sukashi Tsuba with a motif of dragon.
Fuchi Kashira: Engraved dragon and waves on Nanako pattern Shakudo(copper and gold alloy) base.
Menuki: Engravings of Kirimon (paulownia crest) and lion on Nanako texture finish surface, Shakudo(copper and gold alloy) base.
Tsuka: Coverd with ray skin and wrapped with black pure silk in Morotsumi-maki style.
Saya: Cha-Tatakinuri - a rough textured brown lacquerer finish. A spare Shirasaya comes with this sword.
Polish: Freshly polished recently.
Defects such as openings, chips and cracks: There are slightly rough areas on the Ji(Hadatatsu 肌立つ).
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|Blade length||73.8cm/ 2'5"/ 2shaku 4sun 4bu||Tsuka length||26.0cm/ 10.2"/ 8sun 6bu|
|Curvature - Sori||1.6cm/ 0.63"/ 5.3bu||Mekugi (Pegs)||1|
|Blade Bottom Width||31.8mm/ 1.25"/ 1sun 5rin||Blade Bottom Thickness||7.5mm/ 0.3"/ 2.5bu|
|Blade Top Width||28.5mm/ 1.1"/ 9.4bu||Blade Top Thickness||4.8mm/ 0.19"/ 1.5bu|
|Weight||Blade only: 760g / 1.7lbs
Without Saya: 1,020g / 2.25lbs
|Period||Late Muromachi (Daiei-Tenbun 1521-1555)|
|Inscription / Signature||Front: Kanetomo 兼知||Registration in Japan|| 25 Oct 1965|
Miyazaki Prefecture Board of Education