Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi attributed to Takada Masayuki with NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
This blade is attributed to Noushu Jyu Kanemichi (濃州住兼道). According to NTHK that authenticated this blade, it was approximately made during the Tensho era (1573-1592: Late Muromachi period) in Mino province.
The swordsmiths who resided in Mino province developed particular sword-forging tradition called MINO-DEN. Its characteristic is 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 was 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.
*Please keep in mind that there are a few noticeable Kitae Kizu on this blade. If you like see the detailed condition, please check other photos.
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)： 41.9 cm (16.5 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.3 cm ( 0.51inches)
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.
The Shimenawa (しめ縄, a sacred rope) is designed on this Fuchi Kashira. Although some colorings have already faded due to aging, there are traces that golden plaint was initially applied to these Shimenawas. The Shimenawa is a decoration of a sacred straw rope that we could find in shrines. It is used as a barrier between the god’s area and this world. It is said it works for protection, meaning corrupted things cannot enter the inside of the border. This Fuchi Kashira’s design includes such a religious idea.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
We estimate this Menuki’s design is a combination of various plants. One of the flowers incorporated here is the Kiku (菊, chrysanthemum). You would find it at almost the center part of each Menuki. A long time ago, chrysanthemums were used as a medicine for obtaining a long life in the continent, and it was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). The chrysanthemum symbolizes autumn, and people have greatly appreciated it since ancient times. The chrysanthemum has been likened to the sun as its petals form radially. That is why this flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health.
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.
This Tsuba depicts the scenery of a waterside. On the front of this Tsuba, you would find a bird resting its wings on a tree twig, staring at the river flowing below. It might be trying to catch a fish in the river. A similar depiction of a small tree and waterside is also engraved on the reverse side of this Tsuba. Also, if you focus on each side’s background, you would notice that many straight lines are engraved radially from the center. It might be a type of the Amida Yasuri (阿弥陀鑢). It is a decorative carving technique that is used for the ground of the Tsuba. Since this design looks similar to the halo of Amida Nyorai (阿弥陀如来, Amitabha Tathagata), this technique was named Amida-Yasuri. It is also called the Hiashi-Yasuri.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Kozuka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
A Kogatana (小刀, small knife) is stored in the Kozuka. The surface of this Kozuka is decorated with the Nanako-Ji (魚子地) technique. This process makes a uniform minimal protrusions pattern by hitting the Nanako-Ji Tagane (魚子地鏨, a chisel for this technique) on a metal surface. This decorative technique is often seen on sword mountings.
About the design, we could find the figures of two Niwatoris (鶏, roosters in this case) that appear to be headbutting each other and fighting, and a person who seems to be watching them. Since this person is holding a Gunbai (軍配, Sumō referee’s fan today) in his hand, he might be judging the chickens by having them play Sumō (相撲, Japanese style of wrestling).
Niwatoris, as this bird tells the arrival of morning, people regard it as the Ake-no Tori (明けの鳥, bird of the dawn). Also, chickens have been treated as auspicious birds because they sing at first in the new year. In another theory, there is a wordplay: Yoikoto-wo “Tori”komu (良いことを取り込む, “take” good things). This Tori (取り, take) and Tori (鳥, bird) are associated based on the common pronunciation. Some people believe that this bird would bring a plentiful harvest or success in business. This Kozuka’s design might have been inspired by these ideas.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Authentication Paper：NTHK Kanteisho Certificate for the blade
NTHK, also known as NPO Nihon Touken Hozon Kai, is the oldest organization for sword authentication of Japanese swords in modern times. It was established in 1889 during the post-Samurai era. They authenticated the blade in October in the 5th year of Reiwa (2023). We are expecting to receive its authentication paper by the end of November. 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 : Niigata 039700
The Board of Education in Niigata 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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