Touken Komachi

Katana, Shirasaya, Koshirae
[ Signature ] omote : no signature ura : "帝室技藝員菅原八十五翁作  大正三年十月吉日"
[ Size ] Blade length 69,7cm (2 shaku 3 sun 0 bu 0 rin), sori 2,6cm (8 bu 5 rin), moto-haba 3,00cm, moto-kasane 0,68cm, saki-haba 1,92 cm, saki-kasane 0,39 cm, mekugi-ana(holes) 2, blade weight 578,5g , shirasaya length 100,5cm
[ Period ] Taishô 3(大正3) (1908)
[ Province ( prefecture) ] Tokyô

[ Feature ]
Form : Shinogi-zukuri. Iori-mune. Both mihaba and kasane are ordinal. Deep sori attached. Chû-kissaki form.
Nakago : Ubu. Yasurimes are kiri. Saki is kuri-jiri. Two holes.
Jigane : Mokume-hada. It becomes aya-sugi style. Chikei appeared. Jigane shining.
Hamon : Gunomes midare. Part by part, kitae-hada merged into tempering area. Ashis appeared.
Boushi : It runs in notare-komi, then turns in ko-maru. Saki is haki-kake.

Nashiko-ji Ô-ka karakusa-mon-makie-zaya ke-nuki-gata tachi-goshirae "梨子地桜花唐草文蒔絵鞘毛抜形太刀拵" : Sô-kanagu (Ô-ka kara-kusa-zu) "総金具(桜花唐草図)" , Fuchi-mei "縁銘" signature "皆具 宮田信明 紀元二千六百三年", menuki (kenuki-gata ô-kamon-zu) "目貫(毛抜形桜花紋図)" , tsuba (shihô katô-mon-zu no signature) 鐔(四方花頭文図 無銘), ô-seppa(shihô inome-sukashi sakura kara-kusa-zu no signature) "大切羽(四方猪目透桜唐草図 無銘)"

[ Highlight ] : MIYAMOTO (or surname SUGAWARA) Kanenori was born as second son of brewer at Ô-kaki Takeda village Hôki county (current Ô-kaki Kurayoshi city) in Tenpô 天保1(1831). He intended to create swords, in Kaei 嘉永 3, he became pupil of YOKOYAMA Sukekane. He became hired swordsmith of Chiba-no-suke ARAO, the chief retainer in Ansei 3(1856). He offered his sword to Kômyô Ten-nô (in same year). In Keiô "慶応" 3(1867), he was titled as Noto-no-kami "能登守". In following year, he accompnied with Arisugawa-no-miya the house of Imperial prince, created the swords at the front camp. After SANJYÔ Munechika, he visited and stayed Inariyama Tsurugi-ishi, then created the tachi of Meiji Ten-nô, offering swords of Inari-sha shrine and others. After Haitōrei Edict, he temporalily backed to his home town and manufacture farmers' tools. Meiji 18 later on, he created and offered tachis, hokos, kabura etc to offer Ise jingü's dedication of new shrine. He copied and created Shô-sô-in treasure swords with HIOKI Kanetsugh and ISHIDÔ Kazumitsu. He was appointed to create several swords, such as Atsuta Jingû shrine goshinpô tachi, Yasukuni Jingû shrine kens "御宝剣", Iyo shô-kon-sha kens "御宝剣", etc. He created many omamori-gatana guardian swords for Kô-zoku imperial families and the nobility. With the help of Imperial Japan army minister TERAUCHI Masatake, by the U.K. army minister demand, he created hakashi "佩刀". In April Meiji 明治 39(1907), He was appointed to a member of the Imperial Arts and Crafts Expert same as GASSAN Sadakazu. In Taishô 3(1914), as an order of Ministry of the Imperial Household, he created and offered copy of futsu-no-mitama-no-tsrugi divin sword of Yamato Iso-no-kami Jingû shrine. He had wide range of creation, such as gunomes, Bizen-den, Sô-shû-den, Yamashiro-den and Ayasugi-style. He lived longer, 97 years old. Till his end, he created swords vigourously.

In Taishô 大正 3(1914), he was so energistic for creating swords even in his 85 years old. He established the distributiion association of swords "製作刀剣頒布会" in order to protect the country and nation for long time.

This sword specific mokume-hada is so clear with mysterious feeling. In notare-hamon, gunome mixed and ashi appeared. Its hamon was tempered moderately. A noble sword.
Usually Kanenori put the hole first then chieseled his signature (exceplt his younger age) so that the signatre should not be cut off. This sword orginal holes is upper one. Second hole, lower one, might be made later, 6mm below original one. That was because in order to attend an enthronement Sokui-no-rei ceremony of Taishô Ten-nô, with go-tai-ten tachi-goshirae (fundô tsuba attached), it might be required to have additional hole to fit the sword into the koshirae.

[ Conditions ] There is tiny hikes scratches and worn part of saya. Nakago's rust of ura side is relatively few. Nakago is shinning. It proves the sword preserved so carefully.

[ Attachments ] Habaki (suaka-ji, gold foiled, single), shirasaya, bag of shirasaya, koshirae, bag of koshirae, katana : NBTHK Hozon paper(issued on 21st June Heisei 24(2012), koshirae : NBTHK Hozon tô-sô-gu paper( issued on 24th April Heisei 25(2013))

Black colored single sword holder attached
[ Item number ] A060918 [ Price ] JPY 2.800.000- (shipping and insurance fee are not included)

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