Antique Japanese Sword Katana Signed by Tango no Kami Kanemichi with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was signed by Tango no Kami Kanemichi(丹後守兼道). We believe it was forged by second-gen Kanemichi, judging from its characteristics and signature. The second-gen Kanemichi mainly worked in Osaka during the early Edo period(Late 17th century). He was especially active in sword-forging during 1681-1688. There is also the record of him living in Edo city and Harima province(Hyogo prefecture) in his career.
The first-gen Tango no Kami Kanemichi (丹後守兼道) was the second son of the first-gen Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi(丹波守吉道).
Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi belonged to Kyoto Mishina school. Mishina school’s founder was originally from Mino province, exclusively forging blades for Shingen Takeda, a famous feudal lord. Later on, he moved to Kyoto by bringing his four sons and founded his school in Kyoto. Yoshimichi was one of his sons. The first-gen Yoshimichi was known as Kyoto Gokaji(京都五鍛冶), five prestigious swordsmiths forging in Kyoto in the early Edo period.
The first-gen Kanemichi received the title of Tango no Kami in the second year of Kanei(1625) and moved to Osaka. He founded Osaka Mishina school and flourished for generations during the Edo period. We believe the son of the first-gen Kanemichi also forged this blade in Osaka in the early Edo period. The second-gen also mastered excellent craftsmanship from his father.
The blades forged by the second-gen Kanemichi are categorized as Osaka Shinto. Shinto is Japanese Sword terminology that refers to the swords forged during 1596-1781. The blades made in the Osaka area during this period are called Osaka Shinto. There are many famous swordsmiths in this Osaka Shinto era. After Hideyoshi Toyotomi built Osaka castle, Osaka city flourished as a castle town and became the business center. Many swordsmiths moved to Osaka to look for better opportunities. They not only forged swords for those Samurai who lived in Osaka but also for feudal lords nationwide.
One of the most notable characteristics of Osaka Shinto is its beauty in Jigane. Jigane is a visible steel surface pattern created by folding and hammering during the forging process), which made it possible by the location of Osaka. Osaka had close access to the Tamahagane(special carbon steel to make Japanese swords) production sites. The swordsmiths residing in Osaka were able to get high-quality carbon steel from these sites.
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)： 60.3 cm(23.7 inches)
Curvature(Sori)：1.51 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 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-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt.
Birds and plants are designed for this Fuchi Kashira. Although some golden paints have already faded due to aging, this coloring adds decorativeness to this work. We guess these birds might be Uzuras (鶉, quail). Quails come to Japan in the autumn and live in groups on rice fields. It was supposed to represent an autumn scene, and people have appreciated this bird for a long time. Therefore, the combination of quails and autumn plants was cherished, as you see in this Fuchi Kashira. According to a theory, Samurai families and Daimyos (大名, a Japanese feudal lord) started keeping quails in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). People loved its charming cry, and it could be heard as “Go Kiccho (御吉兆, a sign of good things).” So that they regarded the quail as an auspicious bird and used it before battles to keep the gods on their side; in the Edo period, raising quails became general among ordinary people. This history shows how this bird was familiar with then Japanese people, of course including Samurais.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
This Menuki’s motif is a combination of bird and arrows. Since ancient times, arrows have been used as a weapon, which is the original purpose of this item. Additionally, each home displayed decorated arrows wishing that it would exorcize evil spirits in the house. This talisman is called the Hama-Ya (破魔矢) in Japanese, and this custom is still kept today. As an arrow goes straight forward powerfully, lots of Samurais loved the arrow pattern. Based on this theory, we imagine that these birds are possibly quails, the same as the Fuchi Kashira.
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.
Rounded square-shaped Tsuba that has Kozuka and Kougai holes. It seems this Tsuba’s edge was initially colored with golden paint. A kind of plant is designed for this Tsuba. Identifying the plant’s type is challenging, but it depicts a vibrant figure with flowers and buds. Its graceful figure makes an elegant appearance when it is inserted into the handle.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK 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 Dec 3rd in the third year of Reiwa (2021). 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 : Hokkaido 8645
The Board of Education in Hokkaido 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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