Antique Japanese Sword Wakizashi Signed by the first-gen Echigo no Kami Kanesada with NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate
This blade was signed by Echigo no Kami Kanesada (越後守包貞). The maker’s name Kanesada lasted three generations, and NBTHK appraised this as a work of the first gen who was active during the early Edo period (1648-1673).
His birth name was Yamada Heidayu. He was originally from the Yamato region (Nara prefecture). It is said that he was a descendant of Tegai Kanesada (手掻包貞), a renowned swordsmith in the Yamato region during the Nanbokucho era (Mid-Late 14th century). He moved from Yamato region to Settsu province (Today’s Osaka) to become an apprentice of Iga no Kami Kanemichi.
He received an honorable official title of Echigo no Kami in the 4th year of the Kanbun era (1664) from the emperor for his excellent craftsmanship. This blade was made after 1664 because Echigo no Kami is engraved on the tang.
Iga no Kami Kanemichi (His master)
Kanemichi was originally from Yamato province as well. During the Kanbun era(1661-1673), Kanemichi moved to Settsu province in Osaka prefecture. And he served Mutsuno Kami Kaneyasu, a famous swordsmith in Osaka prefecture. Kanemichi received the title of Iga no Kami for his excellent craftsmanship.
The blades forged by the first-gen Echigo no Kami Kanesada 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 a 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. Ikanshi Tadatsuna(Awataguchi Omi no Kami Tadatsuna), Inoue Shinkai, and Tsuda Sukehiro are the most famous among many swordsmiths.
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 production sites of the Tamahagane(special carbon steel to make Japanese swords). The swordsmiths residing in Osaka could 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)： 54.5 cm ( 21.4 inches)
Curvature(Sori)： 1.06 cm (0.42 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.
A landscape is depicted for this Fuchi Kashira. A similar design is engraved for the Tsuba; please check the explication of Tsuba later. Buildings, bridges, and pine trees are the common motifs. Although some colorings were already faded due to aging, we can see that each motif was initially colored with bright gold paint. The contrast of black and gold makes an elegant appearance in this work.
Tsuka and Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration.
We think this Menuki’s motif is a combination of crane and turtle. There is a classical design that is called the Tsuru Kame Mon (鶴亀文, crane and turtle pattern) in Japan. According to a theory, the idea that the Tsuru Kame Mon is an auspicious design has existed since the Heian period, and people have used it as a design since the Edo period. A proverb says these animals have a long life; therefore, this motif is considered a symbol of 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.
Yotsu-Mokkou-shaped Tsuba that has a Kozuka hole. The edge part is colored with golden paint, and the same coloring is applied to motifs also. About the design, this Tsuba depicts a scenery of a waterside. There is a bridge over the river, and you can see the water wheel. The building is probably a castle or temple, and pine trees are growing around it. The background is decorated with delicate dot-like uneven patterns. This technique is called the Nanako-Ji (魚子地) technique, and this surface was made by hitting a characteristic chisel.
Kozuka：Kozuka is a small knife stored in Koduka Hitsu(groove of the sheath of the Japanese sword).
A Kogatana (小刀, small knife) is stored in the Kozuka. A sickle is designed, and a sedge hat is hung on a bundle of bamboos tied with a string—a combination of designs reminiscent of a farmer’s life. The golden coloring remains relatively in good condition.
Saya： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword.
Please keep in mind that there is a light crack on this Saya. If you like to know the detail condition, please feel free to contact us. We will have it restored upon request.
Authentication Paper：NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate for the blade (No.1014963)
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 25rd in the 3rd 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 : Okayama 11187
The Board of Education in Okayama 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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