Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanesaki with NBTHK Hozon Certificate
This blade was forged by Mimasaka Koku Tsuyama Jyu Kanesaki(美作国津山住兼先) in the early-mid Edo period. It is said that the swordsmith name “Kanesaki” lasted 5th generations.
Mimasaka is the old name of the province located in Okayama prefecture. Tsuyama is the name of the domain. As the signature is verified by NBTHK, we believe this blade was forged by Kanesaki in Mimasaka Koku, Tsuyama.
The first-gen Kanesaki was originally from Mino province but moved to the Tsuyama domain during the Keicho era(1596-1615) after being invited by Mori Tadamasa, the feudal lord of the domain back then. Kanesaki exclusively served Mori clan, forging swords. We believe this blade was forged by either second -or third-gen of Kanesaki.
Most of Kanesaki’s work have characteristic of Mino-DEN tradition while Bizen-DEN was also mixed.
MINO-DEN swordsmiths exceedingly 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 their practical design and sharpness. Many feudal lords demanded swords forged in the Mino province.
The tradition of excellent sword forging skills had been passed throughout the Edo period. Many swordsmiths from Mino province moved to other parts of Japan, being invited by strong feudal lords, and Kanesaki is a good example.
This sword has a Hozon certificate issued by NBTHK. This authentication paper was only given to Japanese swords, worth preserving by Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai(the Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword). The blade also comes with a beautiful set of Katana style Koshirae.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 69.2 cm( 27.2 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.5 cm(0.59 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 on purpose to prevent red rust while the tang is in its handle. And the discoloration of the tang was created over time, which 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-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Some plant patterns are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. By seeing the shape of the plant put at the Kashira, it might be Shida (羊歯, fern) plant. As ferns have a high fertility rate, the Shida pattern represents children’s prosperity and business success. Also, its name“羊歯” can be written as “歯朶” in Japanese. “歯” means ages, and “朶” means branches grow long; therefore, it symbolizes longevity.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
It is challenging to judge what the exact motif is for this Menuki. It seems a kind of plant that is the same type of one with the Fuchi Kashira is designed.
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.
Circle-shaped antique Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. A variety of geometric patterns decorate this Tsuba and are colored with gold. The continuous semi-circular-shaped pattern that is applied at the downside is called Seigaiha Monyou (青海波文様). It is a type of wave pattern. According to a theory, this design symbolizes the benefits of the vast sea. This infinite wave pattern is an auspicious pattern. People used it, wishing eternal happiness and peaceful lives for the future.
Another geometric pattern that is put at the upper-right side is Saya Gata (紗綾形) pattern. It is a continuous pattern created by the cursive character of “卍.” This motif was brought to Japan in the Momoyama period (1568-1600) from the Continent. Lots of Samurai loved this pattern because of its graceful design. Saya Gata pattern represents the longevity and prosperity of the family. The combination of various designs creates a gorgeous appearance of this work.
Saya：Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK 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 25th in the 31th year of Heisei (2019). They appraised it as Hozon Touken, the blade 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 25197
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.
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