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KATANA - GENDAITO

NOSHU (NIWA) KANENOBU

MUKEI BUNKAZAI (INTANGIBLE CULTURAL ASSET)

 

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: NOSHU JU KANENOBU

DATE: SHOWA JU ROJU NEN NI GATSU BI

NAGASA: 63.18cm (24.875")

OVERALL: 84.45cm (33.25")

MIHABA: 3.33cm (1.3125")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.58cm (0.625")

NAKAGO: UBU / HA-AGIRI

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: TAKANOHA

MUNE: IORI

HADA: TIGHT KO-ITAME

HAMON: GUNOME MIDARE

BOSHI: KOMARU

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE SILVER FOIL

SHIRASAYA

 

KANENOBU

This particular Kanenobu was born "Niwa" Kanenobu in April 1903, second son of Kanenobu. It is said he began training in sword forging at a young age and that he also became a skilled engraver.  He was a Rikugun Jumei Tosho or Army commissioned sword smith during WW II. This sword is dated December 1941, the same month as the attack on Pearl Harbor.  It was completed prior to the requirement of the star stamp application and as such bears no such mark.  Kanenobu was awarded the title of Mukei Bunkazai or living national treasure of Gifu prefecture in 1973.  He was known for making High to Superior Grade Gendaito.

While for easy reference I have referred to this sword as Katana it is signed Tachi mei and done in Soshu or grass script. Several examples of his mei can be seen in John Slough's "Modern Japanese Swordsmiths", beginning on page 54. He may also be referenced in the following: Toko Taikan, TK-111; Nihonto Meikan, NMK-167; Gendai Toko Meikan, GTM-160.  There is a considerable amount of activity within the hada and hamon. There are chikei, ashi, sunagashi, ji-nie, ara-nie, nijuba, nie-kozure. There is also very nice Hakikake in the boshi.

This sword comes with a higher end shirasaya featuring buffalo horn accoutrements.

 

$3750 plus S/H

 

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