Wakizashi in Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper)
Signature : Izumi Kamo Kaneshige
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belonges to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished by high ranking polisher.
Habaki : Gold foiled double habaki.
Blade length : 53.7 cm or 21.14 inches.
Sori : 1.3 cm or 0.51 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 2.95 cm or 1.16 inches
Width at the Kissaki : 2.03 cm or 0.79 inches.
Kasane : 0.65 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era : Edo period Kanei era.
Shape : The blade is regular size with deep sori and longer kissaki nice looking shape.
Jitetsu : Koitame had well grained with jinie atatch nice texture.
Hamon : Niedeki Suguha based hamon with thick nioikichi and noter gunome hamon.
In Hamon, sunagashi eotk. Boshi is hakikake style yakisage boshi.
Special feature : Kaneshige was a swordsmith clan originated in Echizen province.
The first Kaneshige moved to Edo at the beginning of Kan-ei era and got the title of Izumi Daijo in 1626,
later served for the Todo family and also forged sword in Sesshu province, present Mie pref.
And passed away around 1658.
Kaneshige’s sword is very sharp and ranked at Ryo-wazamono.
Quite a few swords still survive inlayed with gold on the tang about the result of cutting test.
It is said that a great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi treasured Kaneshige’s katana.
The distinctive feature appears on highly-spirited temperline resembled to Kotetsu.
Probably Kotetsu learned a lot from Kaneshige.
He also educated many sword makers like Kazusa Kami Kaneshige, Hojyoji Masahiro, Masateru Yoshitsugu and so on.
Also Miyamoto Musashi loved this Izumi Kami Kanseshige.
This sword looks wild feeling and very attractive nice Nakago with one hole.
The sword already obtained NBTHK Tokubetsu hozon paper.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.