Katana in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature:Kashu Ju Kanewaka (Sirouemon) 賀州住兼若
(We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo saku, Jyo-jyo saku Jyo saku and regular saku)
This sword belongs to Jyo Jyo saku ranking.
The blade was polished.
Habaki:Gold color single Habaki.
Blade length:70.9 cm or 27.9inches.
Sori:1.1cm or 0.433 inches.
Mekugi : 2
Width at the hamachi:3.02 cm or 1.189 inches.
Width at the Kissaki:2.21 cm or 0.87 inches.
Kasane : 0.71cm or 0.27inches.
The weight of the sword 795 grams.
Era : Edo period Enpo era.1673
Shape : Aproximately, 2sun machiokuri and wide and thick with small sori and longer kissaki.
Jigane :Koitame hada well grained with jinie attach beautiful fine texture.
Hamon Nie deki gunome midare square shape with thick nioikuchi and sunagashi, kinsuji work.
Special feature: Kasyu Ju Kanewaka is a group of swordsmiths who have continued to the end of the Edo period. The first generation was called Kaga Masamune and was a particularly prominent swordsmith in the Kaga Maeda Daimyo family. It is a famous story but there was a say: “You have to give your daughter in marriage to the Samurai with a sword of Kanewaka, even if he is low-paid and ranked Samurai.”
Jigane looks great and is beautiful with close Itame-hada.
Saya:On the black saya, some designe is painted.
Tsuba:On the round shape iron Tsuba,
some design engraved open work .
Menuki:On the syakudo plate,
flower is engraved with gold color.
Fuchikashira: On the syakudo nanako plate,
flower design is engraved with gold color.
From Aoi Art:Kashu Kanewaka (Sirouemon) made a square Gunome-midare Hamon, and Nioikuchi became deeper, and Sunagashi and Kinsuji worked in Hachu to create a unique atmosphere. Koshirae is a solid and good work. This is a definitely recommendable work with koshirae and shirasaya.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.