Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanemichi with NBTHK Certificate
Kanemichi was originally from Yamato province(today’s Nara), famous for its famous Japanese sword style/tradition called YAMATO-DEN.
YAMATO-DEN is the oldest tradition among GOKADEN. ( five most prestigious Japanese sword tradition; BIZEN-DEN, SOSHU-DEN, YAMASHIRO-DEN, MINO-DEN, YAMATO-DEN) The places that created the GOKADEN tradition were prosperous in sword-forging throughout the Samurai period. (1185-1868)
During the KAN-BUN era(1661-1673), Kanemichi moved to Settsu province in Osaka prefecture. And, he worked for Mutsuno Kami Kaneyasu, a famous swordsmith in Osaka prefecture. kanemichi received the title of Iganokami. The imperial court only gave the title of kami(守) to the swordsmiths who did excellent work.
This blade has the Tokubetsu NBTHK Kicho certificate, which was issued during 1950-1982.
NBTHK is currently the most active organization for the authentication of Japanese swords. The foundation of NBTHK dates back to the post-WWII era, following the establishment of the current Japanese Government, when Japanese swords were on the verge of extinction.
This blade is in excellent condition, and it comes with Handachi Koshirae.(Half-Tachi style sword mounting)
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 66.6 cm(26.2 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 0.6 cm(0.23 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：Nakago is the tang of the Japanese sword. It has the signature of Iganokami Minamoto Kanemichi.
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.
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
The cloud pattern is designed for this Fuchi-Kashira. It is believed dragons and gods live in the clouds: therefore, clouds associated with extraordinary power, and people considered the clouds as precursors to good things happening. As it appears repeatedly, the cloud design also has been regarded as the symbol of reincarnation.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
This Tsuka is coiled with the black thread and decorated with the Hishimaki technique.
The complete figure cannot be seen, but this Menuki might be designed Samurai’s Kabuto (helmet) and a kind of arms or costume.
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.
Yotsu-Mokkou shape Tsuba made from iron. A circle-shaped symbol is carved on the right side. It might be a family crest. In Japan, each family has their symbol mark. This mark looks similar to the “Mitsu-Ougi (三つ扇)” pattern; it combines three fans. Since ancient times, some people thought gods exist in fans. They believed fans have protective meaning. Also, because of its “Suehiro (末広, wide shape),” this item has been prized as lucky charms.
Gold-colored leaves are engraved on both sides of this Tsuba. This plant might be a peony. Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. Also, this flower pattern has been appreciated as a sign of a rich harvest. Peony is called “Botan (牡丹)” in Japanese. When we write this flower’s name in Kanji (one of the Japanese letters) character, its second letter has the meaning: medicine of mountain hermit that will give us the eternal youth. Based on this letter’s definition, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho Certificate for the blade
NBTHK, also known as Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai, is one of the oldest Japanese sword appraising organizations in modern-day Japan. They authenticated the blade on May 22th in the 43th year of Showa(1968). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Kicho Touken. The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.
Registration Number : Gifu 4903
The Board of Education in Gifu 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.
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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 350 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.
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【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
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