- Museum number
Katana (long sword blade) 1958,0730.74.a. Made of steel. Signed.
Shirazaya (plain wooden storage scabbard) 1958,0730.74.b.
- Production date
Length: 70.50 centimetres (without tang)
Curvature: 1.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
This blade is 'shinogi zukuri' with an elongated 'kissaki', and has been shortened by about 3 cm. The 'shinogi' is high and the blade is of broad dimension, giving it the appearance of a Yamato-school blade. The tang has two holes and the file marks are 'taka no ha'. The tang tip is 'iriyamagata'. The grain is a somewhat coarse prominent 'itame', and there is some blistering. The 'hamon' is a 'sambon sugi' pattern of repeating sets of three pointed 'gunome' undulations with one higher than the surrounding. It is predominantly in 'nioi' with a tight 'nioiguchi'. The 'boshi' has 'midare komi' with 'hakikake'.
The Kanemoto smiths originally worked in Akasaka in Mino Province (modern-day Gifu Prefecture). The first generation was active from around 1500, and a number of his swords bear dates and inscriptions including the name of his village, Akasaka. There were several subsequent generations who signed just with the two characters of the name. The work of the second generation, known as 'Magoroku', excels that of the others, but after him it is difficult to distinguish between the later generations of smiths. The characteristic 'hamon' is particularly regular and contrived on swords of the later generations into the Edo period.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Registration number