Shimosa Daijo Kanemasa (fss-647)



“ This sword was just released on commission from a Private Collection. “
We have here an incredibly special blade with all the accoutrements one would need for a unique sword such as this. To begin with we have a fully signed Naginata with Tokubetsu Hozon papers. A Shinto Masterpiece this sword also has Shira-Saya with Sayagaki from Tanobe-Sensei fully translated in the text as well as the inscription found on the tang. This one of a kind sword also has a full set of koshirae with pole. There is a small amount of lacquer loss that can be seen in the photos. Signed with the Kanemasa full signature this Kanemasa was active from 1661-1673 according to Tanobe.

Fujishiro has this to say;
He has the Gô of Hattori Kichibei, and is said to be the godai grandson of Seki Kanenori. He also lived in Ômi Hikone. (Wazamono)

He is Wazamono rated as stated in Fujishiro.

The Hada is a brilliant tightly forged ko-itame and ko-mokume can be seen throughout. The hada has that slick oily appearance to the steel seen on the best of swords. No forging flaws are apparent on this blade as it is.

The hamon is also a sword lovers heaven. A brilliant Gunome-midare frosted with bright sparkling ko-nie. Glowing wisps of temper can be found hovering above the rolling gunome. There is much activity to enjoy with many hours of viewing and studying pleasure.

The koshirae is original to the sword but may have been mounted for this at a later date. There is much remaining of the Seashells suspended in lacquer found on the upper portion of the mounts. The blade cover is a fine black lacquer with the cross feather mon. The pole is of hardwood with an iron bottom piece. The habaki is a fluted copper in shape found on Naginata mounts with a brass ring to separate the lacquer from the wood.

The boshi is maru in finish and the Naginata-hi are filled with red lacquer with virtually no loss.

The yasurame is a cross hatched Seki style. This sword is ubu and signed on both sides. Translation can be found in the description.

We are extremely proud to offer this exceptional; complete package with High Papers from the NBTHK and Saya-Gaki from Tanobe- Sensei.



  • Mei:
  • Omote side: ShimofusaDaijo Fujiwara Kanemasa
  • (Smith is Kanemasa and first part is his Title)
  • Ura side: Omishu Hikone Jyu Motte Namban tetsu Tsukuru Kore
  • (Lived in Omi provence, Hikone town using western/foreign  steel made this)
  • Date: 1661-1673 (Kanemasa working era)
  • Nagasa: 15 5/8 inches
  • Sori: 24.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 29.2 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.8 mm
  • Construction: naginata zukuri
  • Mune: mitsu
  • Nakago: ubu
  • Kitae: ko-mokume
  • Hamon: gunome
  • Boshi: maru
  • Condition: good polish



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Tokubetsu Hozon Papers From the NBTHK

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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
On Hold

Asking price: $22,000.00

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-647.

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Tanobe Sayagaki

Goshu Hikone Ju Shimosa Daijo Kanemasa
Kanemasa, titled Shimosa Daijo, resedent of Hikone in Goshu(omi Provence).

Doko Ganrai Echizen Kaji Soshite Nochi Goshi Hikone Ni Ju
This smith, originally of the Echizen kaji, afterwards resided in Goshu, Hikone.

Honsaku Echizen Seki no Tenkei Teki no Sakufu O Shimesu Mononari
this piece represents the typical workmanship of Echizen Seki style..

Hacho, Isshaku, Sansun, Ichibu, Kore Ari
The edge length is 1shaku, 3sun, 1bu (39.7 cm.)

Heisei, Kanoto Mi Reki, Hazuki, Gekan, (Tano) Be, Tanzan, Shiki & Kao
Attested to by Tanzan (Tanobe), in late August, the year of the snake, Heisei 13 (2001)

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