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Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.188.a. Made of steel. Signed. Part of daisho (matching pair) with 1958,0730.144.
Saya (scabbard) 1958,0730.188.b. Part of mounting for katana. Peonies. Made of red lacquered wood; also metal.
Tsuka (hilt) 1958,0730.188.c. Part of mounting for katana. Peonies. Made of wood, ray skin, braid, metal.
Tsuba (sword guard) 1958,0730.188.d. Part of mounting for katana. Peonies. Made of shibuichi with overlaid gold and shakudo.
- Made in: Mutsu
- (Asia,Japan,Mutsu Province)
- Length: 64.3 centimetres (cutting edge)
- Curvature: 1.5 centimetres
Inscription Positiontang, obverse
Inscription TransliterationMutsu no kami Fujiwara Kanenobu
This broad 'shinogi zukuri' blade has a shallow curve, and a medium 'kissaki'. The tang has one hole and the file marks are 'taka no ha'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is a flowing, closely packed 'itame', although the steel is somewhat coarse. The 'hamon' is a regular pattern of pointed 'gunome' with a tight 'nioiguchi', so forming 'sambon sugi', and has faint 'sunagashi' throughout. The 'boshi' is 'midare komi' and 'komaru'.
The first-generation Kanenobu worked in about the Meireki era (1655-8) at Kambe in Mino Province. This blade appears to be the work of the third generation, who worked in the Genroku era (1688-1704) and specialized in the 'sambon sugi' style of 'hamon'.
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Object reference number: JCR7877
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