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Wakizashi:(Kikumon) Iga no Kami Minamoto Kanemichi(NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Ordering number:AS24198

Wakizashi: In Shirasaya (NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token)

Signature: (Kikumon) Iga no Kami Minamoto Kanemichi

Shinto: Wazamono: Chusaku: Settsu
We divide 4 sections for each sword as Saijyo Saku, Jyojyo Saku, Jyo Saku and Regular Saku.
This work is ranked as Saijyo Saku for (Kikumon) Iga no Kami Minamoto Kanemichi.
Habaki: Gold-plated single-layer
Blade Length: 59.0 cm (23.23 in)
Curvature: 1.6 cm (0.63 in)
Mekugi Hole: 1
Width at Base: 3.22 cm (1.27 in)
Width at Tip: 2.2 cm (0.87 in)
Thickness: 0.67 cm (0.26 in)
Sword Weight: 595 g (1.31 lbs)
Era: Around the Shoho era of the Edo period
Shape: A large Wakizashi, just 1 cm short of being classified as a katana.
It features dense carvings of ascending and descending dragons with cloud-like engravings above.
Jigane: Koitame hada, well-forged, typical Osaka jigane, forming a dense pattern.
Hamon: Nioi-based large gunome midare, forming a dynamic wave pattern with a deep nioiguchi and a round boshi.

Features: Despite being classified as Chusaku, this piece appears to be of Jyojyo Saku to Saijyo Saku quality.

Aoi Art’s Comment: (Kikumon) Iga no Kami Minamoto Kanemichi originally hailed from Yamato and lived in Osaka, being a student of Sado no Kami. He is part of a group of swordsmiths that continued for three generations. This piece is attributed to the first generation, known for producing exquisite works with dynamic wave patterns and remarkable carvings. The craftsmanship of the kikukamon carving on the tang suggests the same skillful hand did the dragon carvings. Though slightly worn, the detailed scales and dragon carvings are still visible, indicating the blade has been polished. While historical records classify him as Chusaku, further research might reveal a higher skill level, especially considering the excellence of the kikukamon and the beautifully executed wave hamon and carvings. This is a highly recommended piece.

NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token
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Auction Starting Price;1,200,000JPY

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