Ordering number 20132
Wakizashi in Shirasaya with Koshirae.(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)
Signature : Izumi Kami Kaneshige
Fujishiro To-Ko Jiten Kantei: Shinto: Joy saku: Ryo Wazamono:Musashi
(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 failed copper single Habaki.
Blade length : 53.2cm or 20.9inches.
Sori : 0.9cm or 0.35inches.
Width at the hamachi: 2.92cm or 1.14inches.
Width at the Kissaki: 1.85cm or 0.72inches.
Kasane : 0.54cm or 0.21inches.
The weight of the sword 405g grams.
Era : Edo period Shoho era (1664)
Shape: Regular width and thickness. Bo-hi are engraved on both sides. Shallow Sori and Kissaki longer
Jigane: Itame-hada Well grained and Jinie attached, there are Chikei.
Hamon :Nie-deki, Deep Nioikuchi, Suguha mixed with Gunome-midare. Sunagashi, Kinshuji work.
Boshi: Notare then Hakikake turn back
Special feature: Kaneshige was a swordsmith clan that originated in Echizen province. The first Kaneshige moved to Edo at the beginning of the Kan-ei era and got the title of Izumi Daijo in 1626, later served for the Todo Daimyo 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.
Saya: Deep brown color. Plants are engraved with Urushi
Tsuba: Round Shakudo Tsuba with gold color
Fuchikashira: Shakudo plate. The pattern is engraved with gold color.
Menuki: Wild boar is engraved wit gold color
Kojiri: Copperplate, the pattern is engraved with gold color.
NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
Aoi Art estimation paper: whole Oshigata.