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Wakizashi, Shirasaya
Kanefusa
[ Signature ] omote : "兼房" ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 32,3cm (1 shaku 0 sun 6 bu 6 rin), sori 0,6cm (1 bu 9 rin), moto-haba 3,09cm, moto-kasane 0,60cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 1 out of 2 filled, blade weight 230g , shirasaya length 48,7cm
[ Period ] Muromachi, end of, around Eiroku "永禄" (1558-1569)
[ Province ] Mino

[ Feature ]
Form : Hira-zukuri. Iori-mune. Mihaba is wide. Kasane is ordinal. Saki-zori attached. Fukura is more or less sharpened "kareru".
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are higaki. Saki is shallow kurijiri. One out of two holes filled.
Grooves : Omote ; style kurikara ryû. Ura ; Soe-hi and bô-hi in kaki-nagashi state.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Jinie attached. Shirake-utsuri is significant.
Hamon : Gunome and chô-ji-midare. There are up and down of pattern. Ashi run softly, then change the direction, becoming large pattern ô-moyô.
Boushi : It shows jizô atmosphere. It turns longer than usual.

Handscript on saya ("鞘書") : "美濃國兼房 生中心在銘時代永禄之頃 佳品也 長サ壹尺六分有之 昭和癸丑歳弥生 誌之本阿弥日州(花押)"
(Mino-no-kuni Kanefusa ubu-nakago zai-mei jidai eiroku-goro ka-hin-nari nagasa isshaku rokubu kore ari Shôwa mizunoto-ushi toshi yayoi HON-(N)AMI Nishû korewo shirusu(kaô))

Kanefusa was a swordsmith of province of Mino. First generation lived at Akasaka around Kakitsu "嘉吉" (1441-1444). Effective second generation later, they lived at Seki. From Muromachi period to Shintô era, there were some generations in same name. They invented Kenbô-midare "兼房乱れ" hamon.

Referenced materials : Nihon-tô taikan "日本刀大鑑 " HONMA Kunzan, SATÔ Kanzan, Ôtsuka Kôgei sha, Shôwa 44(1969), Shintô Kotô taikan, Kotô part "新刀古刀大鑑 古刀篇" KAWAGUCHI Noboru, Rekishi Tosho publishing, Shôwa 47(1969)

[ Highlight ]
The form shows saki-zori attached hirazukuri-ko-wakizashi. Well forged ko-mokumes hada, shirake-utsuri appeared, it has graceful atomosphere. Chô-ji-mdare hamon with long ashi has elegant atmosphere similar to the moment flower blooming. In Shôwa 48(1973), HON-(N)AMI Nisshû had the polishment and hand script on shirasaya "sayagaki". Till today, it has been preserved and handed down very carefully. HON-(N)AMI Nisshû had been qualified as a living national treasure as same timing as ONO Kôkei in swords polishment field.

[
Conditions ] Excellent.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, gold foiled, double), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya and NBTHK Tokubetsu Kichô paper ( issued on 6th November Shôwa 51(1976))



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