Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Igano Kami Kinmichi with Hozon Certificate
This blade was signed by Iga no Kami Fujiwara Kinmichi (伊賀守藤原金道). The swordsmith name Iga no Kami Kinmichi lasted eleven generations during the Edo period. According to NBTHK’s appraisal, it was forged by the 2nd-gen Kinmichi.
The second-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi belonged to the prestigious school called Mishina (三品) school. He was especially active in sword-forging during the Kanbun era (1661-1673: Early Edo period) while he created his works before this time.
His birth name was Mishina Kanbei (三品勘兵衛). He was born as the son of the first-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi. After the father deceased in the 6th year of the Kan-Ei era (1637), the second generation took over his father’s maker’s name. And like his father, he received the high honorable official title “Iga no Kami (伊賀守)” in the 14th year of the Kan-Ei Era (1672) from the emperor for his highly skilled craftsmanship.
The first-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi was a famous swordsmith as well. It is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered Kimichi school to forge 1,000 Tachi blades for Sekigahara battles, under the condition that the school would become in charge of the swordsmiths residing in Kyoto back then. The first-gen Kinmichi managed to fulfill Ieyasu’s request, and Ieyasu praised him by granting a special position called *Nippon Kaji Soushou (日本鍛冶宗匠). This position was taken over by the generations of Iga no Kami Kinmichi.
The second generation was allowed to inscribe a chrysanthemum emblem, which is the symbol of the Japanese emperor. His sword forging technique was so great that the emperor permitted him to use this emblem, which was honorable for any swordsmith. A chrysanthemum emblem remains in the tang of this blade.
The second-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi was also famous for forging Daisho blades for Tokugawa Ietsuna, the 4th Shogun of the Edo government. He died in the 8th year of the Enpo era (1680).
*Nippon Kaji Soushou (日本鍛冶宗匠) was a position that was in charge of granting titles to swordsmiths in Japan on behalf of the emperor’s court. To ask for the emperor’s court title, a swordsmith first needed to become an apprentice at Kinmichi school.
The first-gen Iga no Kami Kinmichi belonged to Mishina school and was the first son of the Mishina school’s founder. Mishina school was established by the first-gen Mutsu no Kami Omichi (陸奥守大道), also known as Kanemichi. It is said that initially, Kanemichi was from Mino province, exclusively forging blades for Shingen Takeda, a famous feudal lord. Later on, he moved to Kyoto, being invited by the emperor.
He also brought his four sons and founded Mishina school in Kyoto. Five sons were Iga no Kami Kinmichi(伊賀守金道)、Izumi no Kami Rai Kinmichi(和泉守来金道), Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi(丹波守吉道) and Echu no kami Masatoshi(越中守正俊). His sons were known as Kyoto Gokaji(京都五鍛冶), prestigious swordsmiths forging in Kyoto in the early Edo period.
Mishina school was prosperous throughout the Edo period. The superb craftsmanship of the Mishina school was passed down for generations.
This blade is appraised as a Hozon Token(保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, well preserved with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 69.3 cm (27.3 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.7 cm (0.67 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(Scabbard), Tsuka(Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
People are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. Some parts are colored with golden paint, and this coloring makes this work’s ornamental appearance. If you focus on the Kashira part, you will find a man who wears an exotic costume. On the other hand, you would see a man who looks like a monk. It is challenging to judge who they are; probably, this Fuchi Kashira’s design is a scene quoted from any story or legend.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Same as the Fuchi Kashira, this Menuki’s motifs are also people. The different thing is that models of this Menuki look more like ordinary people. For example, please look at the upper side one. It seems he wears a sedge hat and carries something oversized baggage. His cloth is commonplace and looks different from officials or Samurais. We think this Menuki depicts earnest people’s figures engaged in their works.
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.
Rounded rectangle-shaped Tsuba made from iron. A metal (probably copper or iron) is applied to Kozuka and Kougai holes. Golden colorings are seen on some parts; it seems this Tsuba would have been largely decorated with this gold. The edge of this Tsuba is thicker than other parts. This processing adds decorativeness to this work, and it is a sturdy structure to protect the Tsuba from damage.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Hozon Certificate for the blade (No. 3027047)
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 blade on Aug 27th in the 3rd year of Reiwa (2021). They appraised it 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 : Kanagawa 46958
The Board of Education in Kanagawa prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . 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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