Antique Japanese Sword Tanto Signed by KANESADA with NTHK Certificate
We believe this blade was forged by Noushu Shiimzu Jyu Izuminokami KANESADA(濃州清水住和泉守兼定) based on the signature and the period(Tensho Period) written in the NTHK Kanteisho. This swordsmith was a son of third generation Izuminokami Kanesada. The first generation Izuminokami Kanesada is one of the most famous swordsmiths in Samurai history. The style of his swords resembles his prior generations. He forged swords in Mino province first and then moved to Oushu(Tohoku region, northern part of Japan) to serve Ashina Clan. During the Sengoku period(warring state period), Ashina clan was as strong as Date Clan, one of the most successful warlords back then. Kami was a kind of special title for Japanese swordsmiths given by the emperor. One needed to be really skillful at sword forging to receive this title.
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.
【SWORD SIZE 】
Cutting Edge Length(Nagasa)：27.8cm(10.9 inches)
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
It has a signature of Tunemichi,who was a sword fitting maker in the Edo period.We think that it describes a Japanese folklore where Oni(Japanese demon) disguised in woman and made an innocent man drink, trying to eat him at the end. It is quite common to engrave a short story like this.
Tsuka&Menuki：Tsuka is the handle of the Japanese sword and Menuki is its decoration
Tassel decoration is on one side and mice decoration is on the other. Mice represents prosperity for descendants.
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.
There is a high-ranked samurai engraved on this Tsuba. Gold and silver inlay technique was applied.
Scabbard(Saya)： Saya is the scabbard for the Japanese sword
It has Cherry blossom design and Makie(traditional lacquer technique) was used to make this case. There is a small knife store in the side of the case. It is called Kozuka, which could be Chinese folklore.
Authentication Paper：NTHK Kanteisho Certificate
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 on Sep 15th in the first year of Reiwa (2019).The purchaser will receive this original certificate as well.
Registration Number : Ishikawa 27571
The Board of Education in Ishikawa prefecture issued a registration paper for this sword . In order to obtain this paper, the sword needs to be traditionally hand forged. With this paper, its owner can legally own an authentic Japanese sword in Japan.
Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.
【Japanese Sword& Export Process】
The Japanese swords we deal with are hand-forged edged swords made from the traditional carbon steel called TAMAHAGANE(玉鋼). Samurai Museum is familiar with the proper legal procedure for an antique/ authentic Japanese sword to be exported from Japan. We have sent more than 300 Japanese swords to amazing owners who appreciate its historical value.
Each Japanese sword is registered under the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Board of Education in Japan.They issue a registration paper for each Japanese sword for its owner in Japan to legally possess it. The Japanese sword with its registration paper means it was traditionally hand-forged in Japan.
To legally export the sword from Japan to other countries, we will have to apply for its permit to the Agency for Cultural Affairs(Bunkacho) and return the original registration paper to the Board of Education. It normally takes around 1-1.5 months to receive this permit. And we would like you to expect at least 2-3 months for your order to arrive at your given address after you ordered. For more detailed info, please click here.
We accept payment through Stripe(Credit card) or PayPal, both of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming the payment from you, we will apply for an export permit. You can either pay in JPY, USD, EUR or GBP. The price is decided in Japanese Yen. The price in other currencies is calculated automatically based on the exchange rate.
We have shipped Japanese swords to the USA, Canada(BC, AB,ON), Mexico, Australia, UK, Germany and France. If you don’t live in these countries and like to order, please contact us first before making a purchase.
Once we receive the export permit, we will inform you and ask if it is okay for us to ship. After confirming you are ready to receive the sword, we will proceed with its shipping. We use package cushioning to protect the item and put it in a PVC pipe, which is one of the most secure packages because of its durability.
We ship with EMS, an international expedited shipping service provided by Japan Post in Japan. We will send you a tracking number for your order as soon as we hand it to the post office. We will put 100 % insurance on the shipping document without any extra charge. Based on the total amount, there might be a duty tax to pay, depending on the countries.
It will normally takes 5-14 days for the item to arrive at your given address after we dispatch it. Time of delivery is estimated as accurately as possible by the carrier but does not take into account any delays beyond our control such as by inclement weather, post office holiday seasons.
*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there are delays in shipping to many countries as most of the airlines are reducing the number of flights from Japan. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.
【How to make sure the condition】
We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. If you are currently living in Japan or visiting, you can visit our actual shop in Tokyo to inspect the sword with reservation.
It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of a sword. and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.
【A Guide to Japanese Sword Maintenance】
After acquiring an genuine Japanese sword, it is also important to know how to take good care of it. Here is the special 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.
If you like to see more antique Japanese swords for sale, please check the link below.
Episode 1: Types of Japanese Swords
Episode 2: Japanese Swords from Different Ages
Episode 3: Budget of Japanese Swords
Episode 4: Japanese Sword Appraisers in Modern Times (NBTHK / NTHK )