KATANA

KANEMITSU

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: ? ? KANE MITSU

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 68.58cm (27")

OVERALL: 82.86cm (32.625")

MIHABA: 2.97cm (1.187")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.90cm (0.75")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: KATTE SAGIRI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME

HAMON: NOTARE

BOSHI: KO-MARU

HORIMONO OMOTE:  BO-HI

HORIMONO URA:  FUTATSU-BI,  BO-HI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SOLID SILVER

SHIRASAYA

 

KATANA

KANEMITSU

 

Katana signed Kanemitsu. There are two characters above the "Kanemitsu" on the nakago which I have been unable to translate.   Not a lot of information specific to any particular smith to give on this maker.  Without papers or a more precise mei / date there are just too many smiths who signed Kanemitsu to narrow it down.  Even after narrowing it to the ones whom used this particular kanji for "Kane", Hawley's still lists three pages or approximately 100 of them.

The overall sugata seems to point to the late Muramachi period.   It has a nagasa of 27" and overall it is 32.265". The nakago is ubu with one mekugi ana and has a nice dark patina as one would expect on a 500 year old Koto period sword.  The Ji-hada is Itame with Ko-mokume with chikei.  The Hamon is notare in nioi, with nijuba, uchinoke and yo. The Hamon is also Yakiotoshi, meaning it begins above the hamachi. This is seen in some older swords as well as some swords from Kyushu and a few other specific schools. I, could not find any reference in regards to this smith using Yakiotoshi on his works, as well I could find no evidence to dispute it, obviously he did.  Please note FYI that yakiotoshi can also indicate the re-tempering of a blade, and is evidenced by mizukage or a whitish reflection running at a 45 angle from the edge of the nakago to the mune. Please look carefully at the photos and you will see there is NO mizukage present on this blade.   This sword has some beautifully cut Bo-hi on both sides. The Omote side has Bo-hi, and the Ura side is cut with both Futatu -Bi and Bo-hi, the Bo-hi being cut into the Jigane, which is quite unusual.  The sword comes with a solid silver Habaki and Shirasaya.

This sword was polished by John Bowhay. 

Koto period ubu Katana, signed, in good polish, horimono on both sides, solid silver habaki, at a bargain price.

 

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