NAGINATA NAOSHI

SHINTO SEKI KANEKAGE

GENROKU 1688

NTHK PAPERS

 

SUGATA: NAGINATA NAOSHI

MEI: KANEKAGE

DATE: NONE

NAGASA: 49.21cm (19.375")

OVERALL: 64.135cm (25.25")

MIHABA: 3.02cm (1.1875")

KASANE: 0.794cm (0.3125")

SORI: 1.25cm (0.5")

NAKAGO: O-SURIAGE

MEKUGI ANA: THREE

YASURIME: TAKANOHA

MUNE: IORI

HADA: KO-MOKUME

HAMON: GUNOME CHOJI MIDARE

BOSHI: MIDARE KOMI

HORIMONO OMOTE: NAGINATA HI

HORIMONO URA: NAGINATA HI

HABAKI: ONE PIECE WOOD

 

NAGINATA NAOSHI

SHINTO SEKI KANEKAGE

GENROKU 1688

NTHK PAPERS

Naginata Naoshi by Shinto Seki Kanekage.  Kanekage was a member of the Mimasaka no Kuni. His lineage goes back to the mid Kamakura period when Sanetsune moved from Bizen no Kuni to Mimasaka no Kuni. During this early period nearly all of the Mimasaka no Kuni were of Bizen Keito As time went on the style of the smiths evolved to a more Mino style and during the time when this smith worked they mostly produced Sue Seki Style works.

This sword is a beautiful example of Kanekage's work.  The blade is well balanced and powerful feeling in hand.  The hada is ko-mokume with chikei and ara nie sprinkled throughout. The hamon is gunome choji midare and there are ko-ashi and nijuba seen. The nakago is suriage with three mekugi ana and is signed "Kanekage".  There are no forging flaws found on this sword and only a few minor surface scratches.  I think the previous owner intended to mount this sword in a koshirae but never completed it, as it has a black lacquered saya with kogai/kozuka slots, with only the kurigata missing. It has a wooden habaki, again leading me to believe there were plans for a new habaki and kosirae . A new habaki, kurigata and finishing of the tsuka is all that would be necessary for this sword to be in koshirae.

The sword comes with papers from the NTHK verifying the signature and work to be Shoshin or authentic.

 

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