Touken Komachi







Wakizashi, Shirasaya, Koshirae
Aizu Kanesada, 11th generation
[ Signature ] omote : "兼㝎" ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 39,6cm (1 shaku 3 sun 0 bu 6 rin), sori 1,1cm (3 bu 6 rin), moto-haba 3,23cm, moto-kasane 0,71cm, mekugi-ana(hole) 1, blade weight 440,5g , shirasaya length 59,3cm
[ Period ] Edo, end of
[ Province ] Mutsu

[ Feature ]
Form : Kata-kiri-ha. Kata-shôbu-zukuri. Kasane is thick. Mihaba is wide. There is little difference between moto-haba and saki-haba. Saki attached sori. Fukura has narrower width, in kareru form. There is two grooves on sashi-omote side(e.g. futa-suji-"hi"s). There is a straight groove on sashi-ura side. (e.g. bô-"hi")
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are suji-kais. Saki is shallow kuri-jiri. One hole.
Jigane : Ko-itame-hada well grained. Ko-mokumes mixed. Fine jinie attached.
Hamon : Yakidashi becomes in sugu-tone, then notare (sashi-omote only). Gunome-midares(sashi-omote ; around upper-half, sashi-ura ; from bottom). It mixed togari-bas, chô-ji-bas. Ashi appeared frequently. Nie attached well. Kin-sen and sunagashi appeared in ni-jyû-bas atmosphere. Tobiyaki appeared.
Boushi : It runs in midare-komi. Saki turns long with togari-gokoro shape.

茶石目塗鞘脇差拵 : 丸龍図目貫(赤銅容彫)、梅擬図鐔(鉄地御多福木瓜形金象嵌)、波千鳥図縁頭(鉄地高彫色絵)、雲文鯉口金具(鉄地)、蜘蛛蝙蝠図栗形(鉄地金銀象嵌色絵)、雲文鐺(鉄地)
Brown ishime-nuri-zaya wakizashi koshirae : Rounded dragon maru-ryû-zu (red copper katachi-bori), Japanese winterberry umemodoki fuchigashira (iron tetsu-ji takabori technic iro-e), cloud pattern kumo-mon koi-kuchi fittings(iron tetsu-ji), spider and bat kumo kômori kurigata (iron tetsu-ji, silver inlay gin-zôgan iroe), cloud pattern kumo-mon kojiri (iron tetsu-ji).

[ Highlight ]

A little peculiar form such as a) making shinogi high using not ordinal hira-zukuri but shô-bu-zukuri for sashi-ura, b) sashi-omote as kata-kiri-ha zukuri.
This sword reminds Ebina-kokaji "海老名小鍛冶" (in Kyôhô Meibutsu " 享保名物"), which is said created by SANJYÔ Munechika with the signature Munechika "宗近". This is because the sword has the signature in two characters ni-ji-mei "二字銘" on sashi-omote side of nakago, and sori attached with groove hi "樋" on omote and ura. This sword was considered to be created by Aizu 11th generation Kanesada considering its handwriting of signature, yasurimes in sujikais and quality.


11th generation Kanesada went to Kyôto in Bunkyû 3(1863), honored as Izumi-no-kami in December. At that time, he changed his signature from Kanemoto "兼元" to Kanesada "兼定". Untill Keiô 1(1865), he stayed and created swords in Kyôto. The shape of character "兼" in signature is resembles to those of Kanemoto "兼元", so that it has pretty high possibility he created the sword just after receiving Izumi-no-kami.

The sword length 2 shaku 4 sun 5 bu, " omote : "和泉守藤原朝臣兼㝎", ura : "慶應元丑年八月日") (carried in "會津十一代和泉守兼定"), which has time stamp in close period, longer than other Kanesada's sword, rather dynamic form, hamon with wide and powerful tempering width. It was pointed out that those characteristics were unusual in Kanesada's sword. This sword has something in common at its tone.

Living in a time period of one thousand years town Kyôto, the political upheaval on 18th August and the uprising movement of the principle of advocating reverence for the Emperor and the expulsion of enemies Sonnô Jôi "尊王攘夷", it was easy to imagine that young Kanesada was strongly stimulated.
At the same time, extracting the essence of Mino-den beauties, succeeding generation by generation, and also widening the view, back to the origin of Japanese sword, he might be creating the sword, following the remainings of master swordsmith Munechika or referring the legend or manuscripts drawing of Ebina-kokaji which succeeded from Muromachi shôgunate to Tokugawa shôgunate.



Referenced materials : Nihon-tô meikan "日本刀銘鑑" ISHII Masakuni, supervised HONMA Kunzan (Yuzankaku publishing), Heisei 15(2003), Aizu 11dai Izumi-no-kami Kanesada "會津十一代和泉守兼定", which were distributed to audience at same title lecutre at Hoshi to morino uta museum by Mr. TOYAMA Noboru, Heisei 29(2017)

[ Conditions ] There is a little small rusts and scratches.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, silver foiled), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae and NBTHK Hozon paper (issued on 4th February Heisei 10 (as attributed to Aizu 10th generation))

cf. : There are two theories on couting the generation of Aizu Kanesada. According to Nihon-tô meikan, one thought it starting from Kôji(1555-1558), the other thought it starting from Keichô(1596-1615). Later theory took a point of view, Aizu Kanesada ended in 10th generation. In Heisei 10(1998), NBTHK's attribution of this sword to 10th generation was not certain which theory taken.



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