Kanemoto Katana (fss-661)


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A beautiful Kanemoto katana signed with 2 character signature who started the unique hamon  pattern commonly called  sanbonsugi. It is said to resemble a row of three cryptomeria (cypress) treetops.
Cypress trees are indigenous to Japan and used in many Japanese gardens. This sword is from Mino province where it was forged approximately 400 years ago.
The flamboyant hamon can be traced back to Magoroku Kanemoto in the early parts of the 16th century and many following generations continued this tradition for hundreds of years afterwards. The signature on this sword is of a later smith and does not look in the style of the maguroku.
This ubu digned katana has an approximately 26 3/8″ cutting edge.
A kaen hamon appears in the boshi .
 From Unique Japan: ” Magoroku Kanemoto have a distinct zig-zag pattern in the tip to resemble the revered god Jizo. Generations that followed Magoroku show a gentle curl called Komaru in the boshi. This point is highlighted in the Connoisseurs Book of Japanese Swords “.
Magoroku Kanemoto blades are known for their keen sharpness and are rated very highly as cutting blades with a Saijo O-wazamono . Many later generations were highly rated as well.
The hamon on this particular blade is Sanbonsuji, with a mix of irregular gunome midare. Activity can be found within. The hada is a course itame with mokume that literally jumps off the blade. very interesting and exciting to view.
This outstanding sword is fully polished and a treat for the collector. At the price it I selling for all that would be good to do is have mounts made for it.  Doing so will increase the overall value and appeal to any collector.  We can help with this.
The sword comes mounted in shirasaya with gold foiled habaki. This is an above average Mino sword.
  • Mei: Kanemoto
  • Date: koto
  • Nagasa: 26 3/8 inches
  • Sori: 21.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 29.1 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 19.1 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 5.7 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: Itame/mokume
  • Hamon: Sanbo-shuji
  • Boshi: Maru
  • Condition: Good polish
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This sword is on consignment.
Special Sale Price
On Hold

Asking price: $3,800.00

(shipping and insurance included)

Email us if your interested in this item and remember to include the order number for this item: fss-661.


  • Owned by Reiko Kaji
  • sell $5600
  • $3k-3.5k
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