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Updated: 18 May 2021


Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanehiro
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate


DELIVERY TIME : Approx. 1-1.5 months
*There might be delay in shipment depending on countries

SHIPPING TO : USA, Australia, UK, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Hong Kong
*Please contact us prior to purchase if your country isn’t listed.

INCLUDED : NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate, Koshirae Mounting, Shirasaya Case, Traditional Sword Carrying Case, Sword Maintenance Kit, Full Exportation Support

Category Katana( SHIN TO)
Age Early Edo Period(Late 17th century-early 18th Century)
Swordsmith Hizenkoku Jyu Tōtōmi no Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro(肥前国住遠江守藤原兼広)
Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
Location Hizen(Today’s Saga prefecture)
Blade Size Length: 69.5 cm( 27.3 inches) , Curvature:1.2 cm(0.47 inches)

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Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanehiro with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate 


Hizenkoku Jyu Tōtōmi no Kami Fujiwara Kanehiro(肥前国住遠江守藤原兼広) is a son of Yamato Daijyo Kanehiro(大和大掾兼広). He is related to the first-gen Tadahiro, one of the most famous swordsmiths in the early Edo period. Fujiwara Kanehiro was born in the 20th year of Kanei era(1643) in Hizen Koku(Today’s Saga prefecture: Kyushu island).
He first signed as Kanewaka(兼若).

He received the title of Tōtōmi no Kami in the 10th year of Genroku era(1698). The imperial court only gave kami(守) to the swordsmiths who did excellent work. It was honorable for any swordsmiths to receive such a title and only highly skilled swordsmiths deserved this title. After receiving this title, he started to serve Nabeshima Yoshishige, who was the head of Nabeshima clan, a powerful feudal line ruling the Hizen Domain during the Edo period for generations. Kanehiro became an Okakaekaji for this feudal lord, meaning he only forged swords for the lord, which is an honorable position for swordsmiths.

The swordsmiths in the Hizen province worked under the auspices of the Nabeshima clan like Kanehiro. They were able to produce beautiful Jigane-patterned blades, also known as Hizen To, using and mixing carbon steel made in western countries. According to the signature of this blade, it was indeed forged from western carbon steel named Nanban Tetsu(南蛮鉄). Hizenkoku had been flourishing by international trading. The geographic location of this domain made it possible to have easy access to western carbon steel.

We are confident you will appreciate Kanehiro’s craft by observing this blade. It also accompanies by gorgeous sword mounting.

This blade is appraised as Tokubetsu Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, especially worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword).

【 Blade】
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)69.5 cm( 27.36 inches)
Curvature(Sori)1.2 cm(0.47 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


NakagoNakago 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-KashiraA pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.

 Flowers and birds are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. The facial expressions of these birds are adorable. This flower might be chrysanthemum. A long time ago, the chrysanthemum was used as a medicine for obtaining a long life in China, and it was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). Chrysanthemum symbolizes fall, and people appreciate it very much since ancient times. As its petals form radially, the chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun. That is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health. As this plant pattern has been used as the crest of the emperor and the royal family in Japan, it is well-known as a noble design.

Tsuka and MenukiTsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.

 By seeing through the gaps in the Tsukamaki thread, this Menuki’s motif is presumably a plant branch with leaves and flowers. Or, the Kanzashi (簪, ornamental hairpin) is its motif possibly. In any case, this Menuki’s motif comes from a kind of plant. 
Tsuba and HabakiTsuba 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. 

 Antique iron Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. It seems the boundary lines are carved semi-three-dimensionally. It might represent the path between rice paddles. Therefore, we could guess that the short blocks of lines that are inlaid with brass depict rice. As rice cultivation flourishes in Japan, rice is an essential food. This plant motif is sometimes designed for sword mountings.

 Also, if you focus on the bottom of this Tsuba, you will find a hart mark-shaped carving. It is the Inome (猪の目) pattern. This design has been used since ancient times. As its name implies, the eyes of the boar are the origin of this pattern. Some people believed that the Inome design works as an amulet to protect us from evil spirits or fire. Also, it is said it would bring good luck.

Saya Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.  

Authentication PaperNBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon Certificate for the blade

 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 Feb 19th in the second year of Reiwa (2020). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.

Registration Number : Fukuoka 4715
  The Board of Education in Fukuoka prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan. This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword being shipped abroad but you can receive a copy of it. 



【About us】
  Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

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 300 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.

  Each Japanese sword is registered under the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Board of Education in Japan.They issue a registration paper for each Japanese sword for its owner in Japan to legally possess it. The Japanese sword with its registration paper means it was traditionally hand-forged in Japan.

  To legally export the sword from Japan to other countries, we will have to apply for its permit to the Agency for Cultural Affairs(Bunkacho) and return the original registration paper to the Board of Education. It normally takes around 2-4 weeks to receive this permit after submitting required documents. And we would like you to expect at least 1-1.5 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered. For more detailed info, please click here.

It is allowed for residents in Japan to own authentic Japanese swords without a special license as long as they come with registration papers. Please feel free to contact us if you are a resident of Japan, whether temporarily or permanently. We will also assist you when you leave Japan and need to obtain the export permit.

【Payment Method】
We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, EUR or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate.

  We have shipped authentic Japanese swords to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, UK, Germany , France and Hong Kong. If you don’t live in these countries and like to order, please contact us first before making a purchase. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can send antique Japanese swords by either EMS or FedEx(USA, Australia, Canada).

  We normally ship by EMS(Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. When we receive an order from the USA, Australia or Canada we will use FedEx instead as EMS temporarily stops shipping from Japan to those countries due to COVID-19.

  We will send you a tracking number for your order as soon as we hand it to the post office/FedEx. We will put 100 % insurance on the shipping document without any extra charge. Based on the total amount, there might be a duty tax or other fee for you to pay, depending on the countries. We use package cushioning to protect the item and put it in a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.

  It will normally takes 5-14 days for the item to arrive at your given address after we dispatch it. Time of delivery is estimated as accurately as possible by the carrier but does not take into account any delays beyond our control such as by inclement weather, post office holiday seasons.

  *Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be delays in shipping. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.

【How to make sure the condition】
  Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of a sword. and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

The Art of Nihonto(Japanese Sword)
Samurai’s history is a profound, eloquent legacy of ancient Japanese warriors in which millions of people worldwide are being fascinated. If you like to find out the art of Nihonto, please click here.

A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance
  After acquiring an genuine Japanese sword, it is also important to know how to take good care of it. Here is the special 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.