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Katana (long sword blade) with sabre mounting (sheath; hilt).
Blade: made of steel; signed and inscribed.
Sheath: fittings of gilt copper alloy with chrysanthemum blossoms in high relief; made of polished ray skin.
Hilt: fittings of gilt copper alloy with chrysanthemum blossoms in high relief; silver triple-hollyhock leaf crest (mon) of Tokugawa family applied to back of hilt strap; made of ray skin with textile strap; marked.
- Production date
- August 1913 ((blade))
Length: 63.70 centimetres (blade without tang)
Curvature: 1.80 centimetres (blade)
- Curator's comments
- Harris 2005
The thin-bodied blade is 'shinogi zukuri' with a deep curve. The cutting edge has 'ubuha' (a few centimetres of original edge left unsharpened in the first polishing process). There are square-ended 'bohi' either side of the blade. The unmodified tang has one hole and the file marks are 'kiri'. The tang tip is 'kurijiri'. The grain is almost indiscernible closely packed 'koitame'. The standard 'hamon' is 'suguha' in 'nie' with a somewhat moist 'nioiguchi'. The 'boshi' is 'komaru'. The steel lacks lustre, and the blade might have been made using imported or industrial steel.
Kaneharu was a pupil of both Minamoto Kanenori (no. 88), and Kasama Shigetsugu (1885-1965), who was head teacher of the Akasaka Nipponto Denshusho (an institute at Akasaka for studying the tradition of the Japanese sword).
The scabbard is of polished ray skin, all the fittings of gilt copper alloy with chrysanthemum blossoms in high relief. There is a silver triple-hollyhock leaf 'mon' of the Tokugawa family applied to the back of the hilt strap. This is an interesting example of a Meiji- or Taisho-era sabre-like military sword and was likely to have been made for an important occasion.
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