Wakizashi : Iga kami Fujiwara Kinmichi/Nihon Kaji Sosho
Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Iga kami Fujiwara Kinmichi
Nihon Kaji Sosho
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jojo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Double gold color Habaki.
Blade length : 54.3 cm or 21.37 inches.
Sori : 1.4 cm or 0.55 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.0 cm or 1.18 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.22 cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.58 cm or 0.22 inches.
Era : Edo period, around Kanbun era.
Shape : Regular size Wakizashi.
Jitetsu : Ko-Itame Hada well grained with Jinie attach. There are Chikei. The Jigane is beautiful.
Hamon : From Hamachi Suguha, and then Gunome Midare with deep Nioikuchi.
In Ha, there are many Sunagashi and fine Kinsuji. Boshi is Sansaku-Fu Notare style.
Special feature : Iga no kami Kinmichi was a great swordsmith in Kyoto.
Nihon Kaji Sosho was a controlling position that controlled all
swordsmiths, when swordsmiths received Mei(signature) from Imperial court.
Igano kami Kinmichi was allowed to engrave “Kiku-mon” and “Nihon Kaji Sosho” for generations.
It is said the 1st generation Kinmichi was equal to 9th generation Shizu Saburo Kaneuji.
The 2nd generation Kinmichi was a first son of 1st generation Kinmichi.
And he was called Mishina Kanbe.
The 2nd generation Kinmichi succeeded the signature in 1637.
This blade has rare Ura-mei signature.
Condition is very healthy. Jitetsu and Hamon are high quality.
This blade was made by Iga no kami Fujiwara Kinmichi the 3rd.
He was called Sanpin Kanbe.
Historical background : In 1657, “Great Fire of Meireki” break out.
“Great Fire of Meireki” is Furisode Fire, destroyed 60-70% of the Japanese capital city of Edo.
And Edo castle has been lost then.
Founder of Iga no kami Fujiwara Kinmichi started in about Keicho era (1596), and continued about 5 generations.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.