Antique Japanese Sword Daisho signed by/ attributed to Kanabo Masatsugu with NBTHK Hozon Certificate
This Katana blade is attributed to Kanabo Masatsugu (金房政次), according to its NBTHK’s appraisal. And the Wakizashi blade was signed by Nanto Jyu Fujiwara Ason Kanabo Hyoe no Jo Masatsugu (南都住藤原朝臣金房兵衛尉政次). Those two swordsmiths are the same person.
Nanto is another name for Nara, and Nanto Jyu means that he lived in this area when he forged this Wakizashi. Kanabo is the school he attended, located in today’s Nara prefecture. He played an essential role in this school’s prosperity during the late Muromachi period. The maker’s name, Masatsugu, lasted two generations, and their active period was during 1532-1591 (Late Muromachi period).
It is said that Kanabo school was founded in the Dai-Ei era (1521-1527: the late Muromachi period) by Kanabo Masanaga, an offspring of a member of Tegai school in Yamato region(today’s Nara prefecture).
The swordsmiths from Kanabo school made blades for Sohei, Buddist warrior monks in the area during the warring state period called SENGOKU JIDAI when there were so many rivalries and civil wars among feudal lords.
Mastsugu forged blades for those who belonged to Koufukuji temple. Masatsugu was famous for making a spear for Inei (胤栄), who created Houzoin Ryu Yari Jyutsu (Horyuin style spearsmanship). Inei appeared in a novel written by Musashi Miyamoto.
According to Kokin Kaji Biko (古今鍛冶備考), a book about famous Japanese swords written during the Edo period, a spear forged by a member of Kanabo school is listed as one of the three most renowned spears. This spear is called Nihongo (日本号).
About Tegai school
There were five prestigious schools, including Tegai, during the Kamakura-Nanbokucho period. They are called Yamato Goha(大和五派); Senjyuin(千手院), Tegai(手掻), Taima(当麻), Hosho(保昌) and Shikkake school. They served politically powerful monks and temples in Nara, such as Todaiji temples.
They were initially forging swords for military monks who became powerful due to the government’s policy. Monks needed many weapons as there were many political rivalries between influential temples, and they needed strong weapons like swords to protect themselves. During this time, Tegai school or other Yamato sword schools met the requests from monks. They also forged blades for Samurai hired by those monks during their heyday.
Tegai school belonged to YAMATO DEN, the longest history among GOKADEN and five Japanese sword forging techniques. The blades forged by swordsmiths residing in Yamato region are generally called Yamato Mono.
This Katana and Wakizashi blades are appraised as Hozon Token(保存刀剣) . They were issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). These authentication papers were only given to authentic Japanese swords well preserved and high quality with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 70.0 cm (27.5 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.5 cm (0.59 inches)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 40.6 cm (16.0 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：0.6 cm ( 0.23 inches)
The crystalline structure which forms along the cutting edge of a blade as a result of the hardening process
visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during forging process
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword.
Japanese swordsmiths left the black rust on the tang because it prevents red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, and it is a great indicator for a Japanese sword specialist to estimate when the sword was forged.
Koshirae: Koshirae is the mounting of the Japanese sword. There are several parts that consist of Koshirae such as Saya(Sabbard), Tsuka( Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Tsuba and Habaki：Tsuba is the handguard for the Japanese Sword and Habaki is the equipment to make the blade not touch its scabbard inside. It prevents the blade from getting rusty and chipped.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu (groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the Katana (No.3010100＆ No. 3011196 )
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai (the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the Katana on August 17th in the 27th year of Heisei (2015) and the Wakizashi on Feb 4th in the 28th year of the Heisei (2016). They appraised them as Hozon Touken, the blade worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Hokkaido 17227-Tochigi 11606
The Board of Education in Hokkaido prefecture issued a registration paper for this Katana blade and Tochigi prefecture issued one for this Wakizashi blade . It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.
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【Japanese Sword& Export Process】
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords made in Japan. It was made from the traditional carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE(玉鋼). Samurai Museum is familiar with the proper legal procedure for an antique/ authentic Japanese sword to be exported from Japan. We have sent more than 500 Japanese swords for the past three years (～2023) to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.
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【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
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