Ordering number: 19359
Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Hozon Token)(NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)(consignment sale)
Signature : Tesitu Gigein Sugawara 85 Okina Saku/Taisyo 3 Nen 10 Gatsu Kichijitsu.
Translanation : Imperial Chamber Artist Sugawara Kanenori made on someday in October of Taisyo 3rd when he was 85 years old.
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyojyo saku Jyo saku, and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki : Gold failed J single habaki.
Blade length : 69.7 cm or 27.44 inches.
Sori :2.6cm or 1.02 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi : 2.88cm or 1.134inches.
Width at the Kissaki : 2.01cm or 0.79inches.
Kasane : 0,67cm or 0.264 inches.
The weight of the sword : 580 grams.
Era : Taisyo era
Shape : The sword is wide and thick, the Sori is deep, the Kissaki is longer.
Jigane : Itame-hada mixed with Mokume-hada, Chikei apparent. the Hada of the sword resembles that of Norishige’s swords.
Hamon : Nie-deki, Round Gunome-midare, there’re many Ashi. Boshi is Maru and Hakikake.
Special Feature : Sugawara Kanenori was born in Hoki province and given the name Miyamoto Shigahiko.
He studied under Yokoyama Sukekane so hard that his teacher gave him the Kanji character “包” (Kane) from the teacher’s name, and the swordsmith named himself Sugawara Kanenori.
1857, when he was 27 years old, started working under a chief retainer of the Tottori province.
1871, Haitorei, decrees abolishing the wearing of swords in public, was issued and it decreased the demand for Japanese sword. Kanenori had to make a living by making a farm tool and a kitchen knife as a result.
However, fortunately, he was given a chance to make a sword for Ise Jingu shrine and his sword was greatly recognized by Meiji Emperor, then the Japanese government appointed Gassan Sadakazu(1st generation) and him as imperial members of art at 1907.
He died on 24th October 1926, at the age of 96.
Koshirae : (NBTHK Hozon Tosogu)
Nashiji Ouka Karakusa Makie Saya.
Kenuki Tachi Koshirae. So- Kanagu Mei Miyata Nobuaki Kigen 2600,(1940)
Menuki : Kenuki gata Ouka mon zu.
Tsuba : Shiho Kato monzu. Mumei
Oseppa : Shiho Inosisi me Sakura Karakusa zu Mumei.
From Aoi Bijyutsu : Sugawara Kanenori didn’t leave so many swords like Gassan Sagakazu, but he made his swords very carefully and most of his swords are made for the imperial family.
The Hada of this sword stands out so clearly, it displays Itamehada, Mokumehada, and large mokumehada so well, looks like Norishige swords. I can hardly believe that this sword is made in Taisho period, it’s really of a high quality.
The Koshirae is composed of wonderful fittings, I can say that it’s one of the highest quality Koshirae of the time.
Im really overwhelmed by the sword and the Koshirae, it’s a quite recommendable sword.
NBTHK Hozon Paper for sword and Koshirae
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.