Wakizashi : Kazusanosuke Fujiwara Kaneshige
Wakizashi in Shirasaya(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper)
Signature : Kazusanosuke Fujiwara Kaneshige
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku
Jyo saku and regular saku)
This Kaneshige belongs to Jyojyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Blade length : 51.4 cm or 20.23 inches.
Sori : 0.8 cm or 0.31 inches.
Mekugi : 1
Width at the hamachi : 3.14 cm or 1.23 inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.17 cm or 0.85 inches.
Kasane : 0.64 cm or 0.25 inches.
Era :Edo Kanbun period.
Shape : It is wide and thick with Boshi and Soe-hi engraved
on both side of the blade/
It is shallow sori and the Kissaki is long. It is Kanei period shape.
Jitetsu : Koitame hada well grained with Jinie attached.
There is fine chikei work appearing.
Hamon : Nie deki gunome midare with much ashi work appearing.
There is much curve on the boshi with Hakikake brush up tip.
Special feature : Kazusanosuke Fujiwara Kaneshige was said to be
the son of Izumi no kami Kaneshige however,
the recent studies have revealed that he is the student of Izumi no kami Kaneshige.
His secular name is Tsuji Sukeemon and was active at Edo.
He has made many sword and is preserved until today.
He was popular as a mentor of Kotetsu so many sword lovers
would treasure Kaneshige’s sword.
After moving to Edo from Echizen, he has influenced many sword smith
such as Kotetsu, Hojyoji Masahiro, MIyoshi Nagamich, Hojyoji Yoshitsugu and others.
It is said that this Kaneshige is the eighth unit captain
of Shinsengumi(special police force of Japan’s late Shogunate period)
Toudou Heisuke’s, favorite sword.
It is not much of a surprise as the sword seems quite sharp.
This piece has deep nioi line with round gunome mixture.
The ha is bright and clear and is in fine condition.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper
Aoi Art estimation paper : whole Oshigata.