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Katana, Shirasaya, Koshirae
[ Signature ] omote : "兼貞" ura : -
[ Size ] Blade length 68,7cm (2 shaku 2 sun 6 bu 7 rin), sori 1,6cm (5 bu 2 rin), moto-haba 3,22cm, moto-kasane 0,68cm, saki-haba 2,14cm, saki-kasane 0,46cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 3 (one out of three filled), blade weight 831g , shirasaya length 96,5cm, koshirae length 98,5cm
[ Period ] Muromachi, very end of
[ Province ] Mino

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune, in low height. Shinogi-suji is relatively high. Moto-Haba is a little wide. Shallow saki-zori attached. Chu-kissaki extended. Strong form.
Nakago : Approximately 1 sun(3.03cm) long suri-age. Saki is kiri. Yasurimes are higakis on omote side. Shallow katte-sageri on ura side. One out of three holes is filled.
Jigane : Itame-hada. Nagare-gokoro mixed. A little hada significant. Jinie attached. Chikei appeared. Shirake-utsuri is obvious.
Hamon : In ko-notares, ko-gunomes, ko-chô-ji and togaribas mixed. Ashis and yô frequently appeared. Ko-nie attached, which noi-kuchi is in shimari-gokoro. Fine sunagashi appeared. Yubashiri appeared around mono-uchi of omote side. Tobi-yakis and mune-yakis appeared on shinogi-ji dynamically.
Boushi : It runs in midare-komi. It turns in komaru, which saki is in haki-kake.

Kanesada swordsmith, considered as the creator of this sword, was in the group of Hachiya-Seki, who created the swords at Seki in later half of Muromachi period.
Hachiya was a name of town, which located current Kami-Hachiya, Mino-kamo city, Gifu prefecture, east end of Seki city. They began to create the swords at Seki from Mei-ô period. Both Izumi-No-Kami Kanesada and Magoroku Kanemoto were well known as master swordsmith of high cutting edge Seki swords. In the swordsmith who had the signature "兼貞" (Kanesada who lived in Hachiya), there were pupils of "兼定"(no-sada), so that it seemed that they learned the technique from him. In Mino, there were also many swordsmith who had the signature with character "兼". Seki was flourished by the demand of samurai providing practical swords to them.
From later half of Muromachi period to Edo period, according to the migration of Seki swordsmith to other provinces, their style spread as well. As consequent, their style effected on Shin-tô swords. Some Kanesada swordsmith who were in the group of Hachiya school, they moved to Echigo province later.

Referenced materials : "美濃刀工名鑑" (Mino-tô-kô Meikan) by SUGIURA Yoshiyuki Ribun publishing Heisei 20(2008), "日本刀銘鑑"(Nihon-tô Meikan) by ISHI Masakuni, audited by HONMA Kunzan Yû-zan-kaku publishing (2003)

[ Conditions ] There were some scratches around mono-uchi, since it was considered that the sword was actually used for i-ai. However, it can be appreciated and preserved as it is since there are no ha-kobore(dent) or rusts. Koshirae was made recently. It maintains excellent conditions.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji gold foiled, double), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae and bag of koshirae.

[ Item number ] A030217 [ Price ] JPY 650.000 (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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