Katana: Tango-Kami-Kanemichi 'the first generation'
Katana in Shirasaya (consignment sale)
Signature : Tango-Kami-Kanemichi (the first generation)
The blade have small Hagire (crack).
The blade is polished.
Habaki : made from wood.
Blade length : 62.2 cm or 24.5 inches.
Sori : 0.9 cm or 0.35 inches.
Mekugi : 4
Width at the Hamachi : 2.97 cm or 1.17 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.10 cm or 0.83 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.26 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanbun era (around A.D.1661~1672)
Shape : Kanbun Shinto style blade Suriage Machiokuri (cut shorten) but signature remaning perfectly.
Jigane : Koitame-hada well grained with Jinie attach.
Hamon : Gonome-midare with Choji-midare mixed. Boshi turns round shape.
Special feature : Tango Kami Kanemichi is said that the second son of Kyo Tanba Kami Yoshimichi the first or second generation. He was assigned to be Tango-Kami at 1625. He moved ot Osaka and engraved his signature ‘Yoshimichi’, then changed to ‘Naomichi’, and ‘Kanemichi’ at last.
Most of his blades are having chrysanthemum crest and the word ‘Ichi’ on tang of the blade.
I think the signature is good, though NBTHK paper could not ne applied because of Hagire in the blade.
From this Hagire and Suriage Machiokuri with many Mekugi Ana, I imagine that the blade spend most of the times at many battle fields starts from later Edo period to Showa modern ages.
We recommend this blade for archaeological, historical resources. And as blade is polished, it have no problem for enjoy looking at.
But please take care if you are going to use this blade for Iai practice specially cutting test, because we have no idea how this Hagire would effect to the toughness of the blade.
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.