Nôshû Seki Kanenori (fss-687)


Item description:

We have here a very long naginata with a very streamlined appearance. To begin with we have a fully polished Naginata with NTHK papers. A Koto naginata that comes in a dark rich brown lacquered Shira-Saya..

The Hada is a brilliantly forged mixed masame and mokume 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.

The hamon is also very active. A brilliant Gunome-midare frosted in nioi. There is much activity to enjoy with many hours of viewing and studying pleasure.

There is a beautiful 2-piece gold foiled habaki that adorns the blade.

We are extremely pleased to offer this large naginata with  Papers from the NTHK with 5 seals..

This is one of the nicest naginata that we have sold.  The workmanship is superb and the shape of this particular blade is very unique. .  The hada is well forged.  The hamon is subdued and is a very elegant midare-ba with hataraki thru out the hamon.  This blade has a deeply carved horimono of naginata hi that stands out and adds to the uniqueness of this work.  The blade comes with NTHK papers attesting to its quality.

  • Mei: Mumei
  • Date: Edo (1600’s-1700’s)
  • Nagasa: 23″ inches
  • Nakago length: 16-5/8″
  • Overall Blade length: 39-5/8″
  • Sori: 27.0 mm
  • Width at the ha-machi: 31.9 mm
  • Width at the yokote: 37.1 mm
  • Thickness at the mune-machi: 7.9 mm
  • Construction: Shinogi zukuri
  • Mune: Iori
  • Nakago: Ubu
  • Kitae: masame/mokume
  • Hamon: Midare Gunome
  • Boshi: sugu-chô saki togari-gokoro de kaeru
  • 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-687.

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kantei-sho (鑑定書) – Certificate

Den Nôshû Seki Kanenori (伝濃州関兼則)

shôshin (正真) – Authentic

nagasa 1 shaku91 sun 3 bu yo kore ari (長さ壱尺九寸参分余有之) – Blade length ~ 58.5 cm

Heisei jûichinen gogatsu futsuka (平成十一年五月二日) – May 2nd 1999 Nihon Tôken Hozon Kai (日本刀剣保存会) – NTHK

No 14643

meibun (銘文) – Signature: ubu-mumei (生ぶ無銘) (Den Kanenori, 伝兼則) – attributed to Kanenori

kitae (鍛) – Foging: mokume ni masa-majiri (杢目に柾交じり) – mokume mixed with masame

hamon (刃紋) – Hardening: togari-gunome-midare (尖り互の目乱れ)

bôshi (鋩子) – Hardening in tip: sugu-chô saki togari-gokoro de kaeru (直ぐ調先尖り心で返る) sugu-chô with a somewhat pointed kaeri

chôkoku (彫刻) – Engravings: hyôri ni naginata-hi ni soebi (表裏に薙刀樋に添樋) – on both sides a naginata-hi with soebi

nakago (中心) – Tang: mekugi-ana (目釘穴) 1 (壱), yasurime (鑢): higaki (桧垣) bikô

(備考) – Remarks: naginata

(薙刀), around Tenshô (天正, 1573-1592)

shinsa’in natsu’in (審査員捺印) – Seals of Judges: 5 seals

With the given criteria Tensho date in mind, several Kanenori come into consideration: KANENORI (兼則), Eiroku (永禄, 1558-1570), Mino – “Kanenori” (兼則), “Nōshū Seki-jū Kanenori” (濃州関住兼則), “Nōshū-jū Kanenori Jū´en” (濃州住兼則拾円), San´ami school, real name Hori Shirōbei (堀四郎兵衛), priest name Jū´en (拾円, also read Shū´en), it is said that he lived in Kawado (河戸) in Mino province KANENORI (兼則), Bunroku (文禄, 1592-1596), Mino – “Kanenori” (兼則), “Nōshū-jū Kanenori” (濃州住兼則), San´ami school, with the shintō era and the decreasing demand for swords, the Mino-Kanenori line was not that productive and the smiths moved to other provinces like Yamashiro, Echigo, Echizen, Owari, Settsu or Shinano, chū-saku KANENORI (兼則), 2nd gen., Keichō (慶長, 1596-1615), Mino/Echizen – “Kanenori” (兼則), “Echizen no Kuni-jū Kanenori” (越前国住兼則), “Echizen no Kuni Kanenori Sekigahara go-jin kore o saku” (越前国兼則関ケ原 御陣作之, “made by Echizen Kanenori in a field camp at the Battle of Sekigahara”), “Echizen Ichijō-jū Kanenori” (越前一乗兼則), he lived in Ichijōdani (一乗谷) in Echizen province but came originally from Mino, it is said that he was the son of the Kanenori who moved around Tenbun (天文, 1532-1555) to Echigo, he succeeded as 2nd gen. of this line and was the older brother of the 1st gen. Shinpachi Kanenori (新八包則) And if you don’t have a concrete signature, it is very difficult to nail the bid down. So “end of Muromachi Mino Kanenori work” seems ambiguous at a glance but is actually not bad and reflects what can be said on a mumei blade like this. So when for example another but signed naginata pops up that is very close to this one, this would be a very good reference to further nail down the attribution as then one can assume that this or that guy also focused on naginata
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