Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Kanetoyo with Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was signed by Kashu Jyu Ise Daijyo Fujiwara Kanetoyo (加州住伊勢大掾藤原兼豊) in the second year of the Keio era (1866: Late Edo Period).
Kanetoyo was especially active in sword-forging during Keio-era (1865-1868). He also kept creating blades during the Meiji period (Post Samurai era), according to available records. Kashu is the name of the domain located in today’s Ishikawa Prefecture. Kashu Jyu means that Kanetoyo lived in this domain when he signed this blade. Daijyo is an honorable official rank given to highly skilled swordsmith.
While his birth name was Kinoshita Jingo, he signed as Kanetoyo for the rest of his career. It was common for many swordsmiths to use a completely different name when they signed their blades.
Kanetoyo was a younger brother of Ise Daijyo Kaneshige (伊勢大掾兼重), who was one of the most renowned swordsmiths in the Kaga domain at the end of the Edo period.
Kaneshige was born in the 13th year of the Bunka era (1816), while Kanetoyo was born in the second year of the Tenpo era (1831).
Their father was the 8th-gen Kanehisa, also known as Kinoshita Jintaro. It is said that the first-gen Kaneihisa was a descendant of Kanemoto, one of the most famous swordsmiths in Mino province (Today’s Gifu prefecture) during the Muromachi period. It is believed that the first-gen Kanehisa moved to the Kaga domain during the early Edo period and made a foundation of the school that prospered throughout the Edo period.
Kaneshige mastered excellent sword-forging techniques under his father and took over his father’s school. And he received the official rank of Ise Daijyo in the 6th year of Ansei (1859). However, he died two years later. His brother Kanetoyo became the head of the school. Kanetoyo later received the same official rank as his brother (Ise Daijyo) in the second year of the Keio era (1866). Kanetoyo died in the 40th year of the Meiji (1907).
Kanetoyo and Kaneshige served Maeda clan, a powerful feudal lord that prospered for generations during the Edo period in Kaga domain (Today’s Ishikawa prefecture). Maeda clan had been originally a retainer of Oda family, who ruled Owari province. (today’s Nagoya area in Aichi prefecture). The first head of the Maeda clan was Toshie Maeda. He climbed the social ladder of Samurai society, and he became the feudal lord of Kaga Province(today’s Ishikawa prefecture). He had a vast rice fief that fed 100 million grown-up adults, which is called Hyakuman Goku. The Maeda clan was one of the most influential families in Samurai history. Toshie Maeda had a close tie with Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
You can appreciate Kanetoyo’s craftmanship very well by looking at the beautiful Suguha Hamon (tempering line) and Jigane (steel surface pattern). If you are interested in an antique Japanese sword related to Ishikawa prefecture or Maeda clan, you would be pleased to see it.
This blade is appraised as a Tokubetsu Hozon Token(特別保存刀剣) issued by NBTHK(Nihon Bijutsu Touken Hozon Kyokai:日本美術刀剣保存協会). This authentication paper was only given to authentic Japanese swords, especially well preserved and high quality with artistic value.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 69.4 cm( 27.3 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.0 cm( 0.39 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 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(Scabbard), Tsuka(Handle), Tsuba(Handguard).
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
This Fuchi Kashira is decorated with the Nanako-Ji (魚子地) technique. By hitting with the Nanako-Ji Tagane (魚子地鏨, chisel for this technique), delicate fish egg-shaped protrusions were made on the surface. It makes a decorative look for the work. And also, we imagine it had practicality as a non-slip part.
About the theme, you will find that Samurai-related items are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. For example, a Kabuto (兜, Samurai helmet) is engraved on the Kashira part. And Sodes (袖, shoulder armor) and a Japanese sword are designed for the Fuchi part. As the golden coloring remains in good condition, this work keeps its gorgeous appearance.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
Same as the Fuchi Kashira, this Menuki’s motif is also related to Samurais. We estimate that an item that looks similar to a broom is probably a Saihai (采配). It is a tool that pieces of cloths or paper are attached to the tip of the stick. It is said this item was used when commanders ordered their forces. It shows that the Samurai who could use the Saihai had an essential role because his order decided battles. By incorporating motifs that reminiscent of fighting, the former owner of this sword might have tried to lift his spirit.
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 Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. A man fishing a sea bream is depicted on the front. This man might be Ebisuten (恵比寿天), who is a member of the Shichifukujin (七福神, the Seven Gods of Good Fortune). Initially, Ebisu God was the God of fishing. Ports will be done well by the comings and goings of ships. Safe voyages will bring profitable businesses. Therefore, Ebisu God became famous as the God of business. Also, in several areas, Ebisu is worshipped as the God of good match or wealth.
The theme of this Tsuba’s backside is the Takaradukushi (宝尽くし) pattern. It is the combination of several treasures. Some people believed these treasures would bring good fortune. In this work, you would find a Uchide-no-Koduchi (打ち出の小槌, mallet of good luck). It is believed that this mallet would fulfill one’s wish, or defeat one’s enemy. Also, a small sac is probably a Kinnou (金嚢); it is a bag to store treasures. A theory says it has been regarded as a money charm. Water drop-shaped objects are also depicted on this Tsuba. These are the Nyoi Houju (如意宝珠, Cintāmaṇi). It is a fantasy jewel that fulfills any desire and gives out treasure, clothes, food, and drink. Moreover, it heals illness and suffering, removes evils, purifies muddy water, and prevents disasters. This Tsuba is decorated with a variety of auspicious motifs. These good omens might bring luck to you.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Please keep in mind that this Saya has been restored because some lacquered parts came off. If you like to see the detailed photos of this Saya, please feel free to contact us.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK TOKUBETSU Hozon Certificate for the blade (No. 1009546)
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 Aug 20th in the 3oth year of Heisei (2018). They appraised it as Tokubetsu Hozon Touken, the blade especially worth preserving for Japanese society. The purchaser will receive these original certificates as well. We can also translate what is written into English and make a PDF file for your record if you request.
Registration Number : Osaka 81264
The Board of Education in Osaka prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . It is called Jyu Token Rui Torokusho(銃刀剣類登録証). Bunkacho(The Agency for Cultural Affairs) acknowledges a Japanese sword with this paper as a work of art.
The sword needs to be traditionally hand-forged and made of Tamahagane carbon steel to be registered in the system. With this paper, its owner in Japan can legally own an authentic Japanese sword. Based on this registration number, we will apply for its export permit.
This paper will need to be returned to the board of education when the sword is being shipped abroad, but you can receive a copy of it. An English translation of this registration paper is available on request.
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