Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanesaki with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
Inshu Zumi Fujiwara Kanesaki(因州住藤原兼先) forged swords in the early Edo period. He first started his career in Mino province(Gifu prefecture), mastering MINO-DEN(one of the most famous Japanese sword styles). He is ranked in top-tier MINO-DEN swordsmiths in the early to mid-Edo period.
He moved from Mino province to Tottori province and served the Ikeda clan, who ruled the Tottori prefecture(Tottori domain) for about 240 years. Ikeda clan was one of the most powerful feudal lines in that region.It was a privilege to work for the feudal family, and only highly skilled swordsmiths were entitled to this honor.
Tottori prefecture is located in western Japan . He forged swords near Tottori castle. The swordsmith name’s Kanesaki (the total of 11th generations)lasted at the end of the Edo period when feudal society turned to modern society, and the Samurai government lost their authority.
The MINO swordsmiths style, also known as MINO-DEN, basically has the TOGARI(Pointed shapes protruding from the Hamon )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 flourished in the MUROMACHI period(1333-1573) and continued until the EDO period(1603-1868).
MINO-DEN especially prospered during Sengoku Jidai(Warring State period) due to the high demand for weapons. And the location of Mino province beat others. Akechi Mitsuhide controlled Mino province, and Nobunaga Oda ruled Owari province, and Tokugawa Ieyasu was the lord of Suruga (Neighboring areas). There was high demand from those powerful feudal lords and their retainers. Furthermore, so many wars occurred between the Kanto region and the Kyoto area.
Mino is located in the middle, making feudal lords feel convenient to order swords from MINO-DEN. The blades forged in MINO provinces also had the reputation of its practical design and sharpness. Many feudal lords demanded swords forged in the Mino province. The tradition of excellent sword forging skills had been passed to the Edo period, and Kanesaki is a good example.
This sword has a 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). This sword comes with a beautiful red scabbard and intricate sword fitting.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：72.5 cm(28.5 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：2.5 cm(0.98 inches)
Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process.
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Nakago：It has the signature of Inshu Zumi Fujiwara Kanesaki
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
The Fuchi Kashira is decorated with Ichimatsu pattern and cherry blossoms. Ichimatsu pattern is a kind of geometric pattern that repeats dark and light colors squares. This design became popular in the middle of the Edo period (around in 1741). There was a famous Kabuki actor, Ichimatsu Sanogawa. He wore the Hakama (long pleated Japanese trousers) with the Ichimatsu design, and it came into fashion among ladies. So, this pattern was named by his name. As the Ichimatsu pattern continues without interruption, it represents prosperity. Based on this meaning, people consider it as the symbol of business expansion, and prosperity for future generations.
Cherry blossom is one of the seasonal things of spring, and it has been loved for a long time. Its pattern is designed not only for sword mountings but also for Kimono (traditional Japanese costume) or furnishings. It is believed the god of grain exists in cherry blossoms. Therefore this flower pattern has been treated as the symbol of an abundant harvest. In ancient times, people held traditional events under cherry blossom trees to pray for a bumper year. According to a theory, it is the origin of the cherry-blossom viewing picnic today.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Tsuka is coiled with the Hishi-Maki technique, which is a general way to cover the Tsuka.
Flowers are decorated for the Menuki. These plants might be peonies. Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a good-omen motif, which brings a plentiful harvest. Peony is called “Botan” in Japanese. When this flower’s name is written in Japanese, its second letter has the meaning: medicine of mountain hermit that will give us the eternal youth. By the significance of this letter, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.
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.
Iron Tsuba with a Kougai hole. The wave pattern is designed on both sides, and small dots describe drops of water. As waves gather and return, its movement is never ended. Therefore, this design represents eternity, immortality, longevity, and birth.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Certificate：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon paper
Tokubetsu Hozon certificate was only issued to Japanese swords especially worth preserving
by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword)
Registration Number : Tokyo 321757
The Board of Education in Tokyo 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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