Antique Japanese Sword Tanto Signed by KANESADA with NTHK Certificate
Generally, the swordsmiths from MINO (Gifu Pref.)used 兼(KANE) in the first part of his name as his signature. For example, it would be Kane-aki, Kane-tane and so forth.The most famous Kanesada was Izuminokami kanesada. However, there were other talented Kanesada as well. This sword was forged by Koudai Kanesada, who forged swords during the Tensho period.
The style of the MINO swordsmiths, also known as MINO-DEN, basically has the TOGARI 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 had flourished in the MUROMACHI period(1333-1573) and continued until the EDO period(1603-1868). In SHINTOU ERA(1574-1764), many MINO-DEN swordsmiths had moved to any country, such as ECHIGO province.
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Hamon：The blade pattern created by the tempering process
Jimon：Visible surface pattern on the steel
Fuchi-Kashira：A pair of matching sword fittings that cover the upper and bottom parts of its sword hilt
Tsuka&Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration
Tsuba& 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.
Scabbard(Saya)： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword
【Antique Japanese Sword& Export Process】
All the antique Japanese swords we sell are hand-forged edged swords, which are at least 150 years old or older. Also, the blades were made of Japanese special carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE.
The Japanese sword is considered a cultural article for the Japanese Cultural Agency. Therefore, we will need to obtain its export permit from them before we ship the sword overseas. The procedure will take about 4-6 weeks to be completed. Including its shipping time, we would like you to expect at least 1.5-2.0 months to receive the sword you order.We have shipped antique Japanese swords to USA, UK, France, Australia, Canada(BC, AB province), Mexico before.
Once we receive the permit, we will ship your sword with a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.
We ship by EMS, an international shipping carrier based in Japan and inform you a tracking number for your sword. We will put 100 % insurance for your sword without any extra charge.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.
【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
If you like to know how to take care of the Japanese sword, here is the video for you. Mr. Paul Martin, Japanese sword expert, shows you how to give proper maintenance to your sword. When you purchase a Japanese sword from us, you can get a Free sword maintenance kit, which appears in this video.
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