Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanetane with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
Generally, the swordsmiths from MINO (Gifu Pref.)used 兼(KANE) in the first part of his name as his signature. For example, it would be Kane-aki, Kane-sada and so forth.
The style of the MINO swordsmiths, also known as MINO-DEN, basically has the TOGARI in a classic straight line and random temper line with some white Utsuri. MINO-DEN had its origin from YAMATO-DEN in the late KAMAKURA period(1280-1330). It had flourished in the MUROMACHI period(1333-1573) and continued until the EDO period(1603-1868). In SHINTOU ERA(1574-1764), many MINO-DEN swordsmiths had moved to any country, such as ECHIGO province.
Hamon：Large waves with some TOGARI-BA
TOGARI-BA( Pointed s hapes protruding from the HAMON)
Jimon： Close-grained with some white UTSURI
UTSURI ( A white misty formation that runs parallel to the HAMON to the JI)
Fuchi-Kashira：The material is SHAKUDOU inlaying crabs and waves with copper,silver & gold.
Tsuka and Menuki：The material is SHAKUDOU inlaying waves ,shellfishes & waterweeds with gold & silver.
Tsuba and Habaki：Iron tsuba which is designed four Mt. FUJI with open work.
Saya： it is coated with black polished lacquer.
Certificate：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon
【Antique Japanese Sword& Export Process】
All the antique Japanese swords we sell are hand-forged edged swords, which are at least 150 years old or older. Also, the blades were made of Japanese special carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE.
The Japanese sword is considered a cultural article for the Japanese Cultural Agency(Bunka-Cho). Therefore, we will need to obtain its export permit from the agency before we ship any Japanese swords overseas. It might take a long time to receive this permit so, we would like you to expect at least 2-3 months for us to ship the sword you ordered. We have shipped antique Japanese swords to USA, UK, France, Australia, Canada(BC, AB province), Mexico before. Once we receive the permit, we will ship your sword with a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.
We ship by EMS(Japan Post Office), an international shipping carrier based in Japan, and inform you of a tracking number for your sword. We will put 100 % insurance for your sword without any extra charge.
*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there are delays in shipping to many countries as most of the airlines are reducing the number of flights from Japan. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.
【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
If you like to know how to take care of the Japanese sword, here is the video for you. Mr. Paul Martin, Japanese sword expert, shows you how to give proper maintenance to your sword. When you purchase a Japanese sword from us, you can get a Free sword maintenance kit, which appears in this video.
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