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TANGO NO KAMI KANEMICHI, SHODAI

KANBUN c. 1661

WAKIZASHI IN AIKUCHI KOSHIRAE

JOSAKU

RYOWAZAMONO

NBTHK HOZON-TO

SUGATA: SHINOGI ZUKURI

MEI: MUMEI

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 53.97cm (21.25")

OVERALL: 69.05cm (27.1875")

MIHABA: 3.175cm (1.25")

KASANE: 0.63cm (0.25")

SORI: 1.90cm (0.75")

NAKAGO: UBU

MEKUGI ANA: ONE

YASURIME: SUJIKAI

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-ITAME / MASAME

HAMON: SUDAREBA

BOSHI:
NOTARE KOMI

HORIMONO OMOTE: NONE

HORIMONO URA: NONE

HABAKI: ONE PIECE COPPER

KOSHIRAE

Kanemichi, sometimes reffered to as O-Kanemichi or Dai Kanemichi, was the founder of the Mishina school. He was said to be the ninth generation of Shizu Kaneuji. The Shizu Kaneuji mon relocated to Seki around late Nambokucho to early Muromachi. Their workmanship combined characteristics of both Nao Shizu and Seki. In late Muromachi, Kanemichi moved from Seki to Kyoto with his four sons, Iga no Kami Kinmichi, Echigo no Kami Kinmichi (Rai Kinmichi), Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi and Etchu no Kami Masatoshi. This was the foundation of the Mishina school.

Mishina school works exhibit a strong powerful shape, ko-itame mixed with masame with masame in shinoji-ji, Kyo-yakidashi, very skillfully done picture-like hamon of sudareba and kikusuiba with peaks in gunome midare, and Mishina boshi. Mishina Boshi is a shallow notare, ko-maru with a medium turn-back.

This wakizashi while mumei, has been paperd and attributed to the Shodai Tango no Kami Kanemichi, c. 1661. This Kanemichi was the son of the second generation Yoshimichi, and was also known as Naomichi. After recieving the title of "Tango no Kami" around 1625 he relocated to Osaka, where he continued to work up until the ripe old age of 70, when he passed away in 1672. His works are rated Josaku by Fujishiro and ryowazamono for their sharpness and cutting ability by Yamada Asuemon Yoshichika, author of "Kokin Kaji Bikosen". This Kanemichi was said to have been one of the best Osaka Mishina smiths.

This Wakizashi is a textbook example of Mishina School work. It features Sudareba with nie and deep nioi, mishina boshi of notare ko-maru as well as kyo yakidashi. There are a few small kizu such as surface scratches, scuffs,  kitte ware. There are no fatal flaws and nothing which prevented this sword from obtaining papers from the NBTHK. The polish is more than adequate for study as is obvious when looking at the provided photographs.

The Koshirae is a gorgeous Aikuchi koshirae with beautiful iron higo fittings in a floral motif.  The koshirae fittings are ensuite with the exception of the uragawara which is buffalo horn. The menuki appear to be puppies and flowers.

 

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