Small opening approximately 0.125" in length.  See photo directly above for a more realistic view. While barely noticeable, I want there to be no question of it's existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATANA

TASHIRO GENICHI KANEMOTO

KANEI c. 1624

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: KANEMOTO (GIMEI)

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 71.437cm (28.125")

OVERALL: 92.075cm (36.25")

MIHABA: 3.01cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.65cm (0.375")

SORI: 2.54cm (1")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: ITAME WITH MOKUME

HAMON: MIDARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER FOIL

SHIRASAYA

KATANA

KANEMOTO

Consignmed 28" Katana signed Kanemoto.  This Katana was submitted to the recent NTHK Shinsa in Tampa in February 2014. The mei inscribed on the nakago was deemed to be gimei.  However, while the shinsa team determined that though the mei (magoroku) did not match the work, this sword was made by a later generation of Kanemoto., ie; Tashiro Genichi Kanemoto.

So, even though the mei is gimei and no papers were issued, this is still a Kanemoto Katana.

As you can clearly see on the worksheet, this katana is attributed to Tashiro Genji Kanemoto, Kanei c. 1624.  There were two Tashiro Kanemoto working in Kanei period.  One was the Yondai or fourth generation Magoroku (KAN 1586) and the other, the other I assume was the fifth generation (KAN 1587) . Both signed similarly.

Overall, it is a nice sword and the photos honestly do not do it justice.  It has a very graceful sugata with an inch of sori. The polish is good making the activities easy to see.  The hada is itame mixed with mokume.  The hamon is midare . There are sunagashi, kinsuji, as well as hakikake in the boshi. There are some hike kizu or surface scratches, scuffs, light stains, some loose grain and small openings / pits (see photos) and is priced accordingly.

There is nothing fatal seen or nothing  which would prevent this sword from receiving papers if the mei was removed and it re-submitted.

Sword comes in Shirasaya.

Overall a nice sword for a beginning student or someone on a limited budget.

 

$2200 plus S/H

SOLD

 

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