This beautiful exquisitely made Tanto comes in a very nice polish. The hamon is extremely subtle with a Notare/gunome based in suguha temper. This blade was made in the Echizen/shimosaka style from the shinto era. The hada is a masame mix with mokume and very finely done. The sword shows off the blades fine qualities in a very clear sashikomi polish. The blade is in HIRA-ZUKURI shape.
This stunning Echizen blade from the Shinto era comes in shirasaya with an ivory mekugi-ana ringlet and is in a fine Japanese polish. The work on this sword is very elegant and exciting at the same time. In the hamon you can see tsunagashi and kinsuji with a well defined habuchi with some ko-nie to frost the top and also in the valleys there is much Nie to be seen.. The hada is well forged and in great shape for such beauty of a blade with some masame running here and there entwined with itame and mokume. Ji-nie appears. The style is that of Hira-zukuri. A quality of hada called Echizen-gane which was indicative of this school can be found on this blade.
The tang is signed:
From the later Muromachi period onwards, Mino province saw a steady outflow of swordsmiths, a trend that saw its peak in the Momoyama and early Edo period. Reason was for the most part the then significant demand for swords and thus local daimyô began to recruit famous masters to work for them on their lands. Mino blades, or Seki blades in particular, were regarded as being durable and sharp and so a downright wave of migration of Mino/Seki swordsmiths can be seen, especially in the neighboring provinces of Owari and Echizen. As for Echizen, the province also gave a new home to many formerly Ômi-based Shimosaka smiths, thus we use classifications like “Echizen-Seki” and “Echizen-Shimosaka” to refer to these two different currents. The “trend-setters” of the Echizen-Seki group were first and foremost the Tenbun-era (1532-1555) Kanenori and the two Keichô-era 1596-1615) masters Kanenori and Kanetsune .
Kanenori , belonged to the Kanenori lineage whose ancestor was a smith of the same name who had moved some time during the Tenbun era from Mino to Echigo province. His son, who continued the very same name Kanenori and who moved to Echizen, is now counted as 2nd generation of this lineage. The 2nd generation had a younger brother who also bore the name Kanenori but who used the character (包) for Kane. His first name was Shinpachi and he died in Kan’ei 19 (寛永, 1642) at the age of 68.
2nd generation Kanenori affiliated himself with the local Echizen-Shimosaka School (probably through marriage), was allowed to use the family name Shimosaka, and is thus known under the real name Shimosaka Ichizaemon. He was active around Kanbun (1661-1673) and was successively granted with the honorary titles Chikugo no Daijô and Chikugo no Kami. His years of birth and death are unknown but we know blades from Kan’ei (1624- 1644) to Enpô (1673-1681). His blades are ranked wazamono.
There was also a 3rd and last generation of this Kanenori lineage who was active around Jôkyô (貞享, 1684-1688), who also worked in Edo, and who was granted the honorary title Yamato no Daijô.
Profuse Ji-nie appears in the boshi and the sword has an old koto feel to it even though it is a Shinto piece. This tanto was awarded Hozon papers from the NBTHK which attest to the quality of this sword and is well sought after by the sword collector.
Perfect sword for a new collector!
- Mei: Echizen no kuni-Shimosaka Kanenori
- Date: Edo
- Nagasa: 12-1/4 inches
- Sori: 7.0 mm
- Width at the ha-machi: 30.2 mm
- Thickness at the mune-machi: 6.0 mm
- Construction: hira zukuri
- Mune: Iori
- Nakago: Ubu
- Kitae: Itame/mokume
- Hamon: Midare
- Boshi: Maru
- Condition: Good polish
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