A Koto Kaneyoshi wakizashi

w/ mid - late Edo period ribbed same' & ireko saya

"Highly preserved in excellent condition"

NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho token (certificate)

 

Swordsmith: Zenjo Kaneyoshi (兼吉)

Period: 1500's

Era's: Koto - Muromachi         

Approx measurements: Nagasa (cutting edge length):   49.4 cm;   Sori (curvature): 1 cm;   Motohaba (width): 2.8 cm   

Hada: Itame that is mixed with o-itame, mokume, and nagare in places. With some scattered larger mokume      

Hamon: Nie-laden suguha-cho that features kinsuji and sunagashi.       

Nakago: Suriage, 4 Mekugi-ana

Signature: Kaneyoshi (兼吉)

Koshirae: Saya is ribbed same' with an inner removable saya called, ireko saya. It is very rare to find an intact and virtually undamaged high quality piece this old. The Koshirae is from Mid to late Edo overall. The fuchi-kashira and kojiri are done in style of Omori school. Ireko-saya is made for higher quality koshirae /blades to keep the inside clear of foreign debris. Guchi is buffalo horn with the inscription Manju (万寿) meaning "longevity". The koshirae is mounted on tsunagi (wooden blade). Please observe that the wooden habaki on tsunagi has been tastefully preserved with a delicately form fitted piece of ivory. The shirasaya was professionally cleaned after photos were taken.

Kozuka mei: Chishōken Tomoshige horu (稚梥軒友茂鐫) – “Carved by Chishōken Tomoshige”

Certificate: NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (meaning "Especially precious") *It was the top rank until the Juyo paper was introduced in May of 1958 (Showa 33). This type of NBTHK paper is commonly called a "green paper". The green paper and the round seal bearing the kanji of "Toku" was first used on Tokubetsu Kicho papers starting in July of 1950 (Showa 25) and remained that way until 1982.

  Included: Shirasaya, carry bags

 

NBTHK Certificate translation

Nintei-Sho (認定) - Appraisal

No 371389

 wakizashi, signed:      Kaneyoshi (兼吉)

nagasa ~ 49.4 cm

According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Tokubetsu-Kichō Tōken.

June 3, 1979

[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (日本美術刀劍保存協會)

***Meaning of Tokubetsu Kicho Nintei-sho: The issuance of these started in March of 1950 (Showa 25) and were issued up until May of 1982 (Showa 57). Tokubetsu Kicho origami were issued at the main office and local branches. This sword has a Torokusho license (shown below) that indicates issuance was done in Osaka March 23rd 1973, so this NBTHK paper was also issued in the local Osaka NBTHK branch. Tokubetsu Kicho means "especially precious". It was the top rank until the Juyo paper was introduced in May of 1958 (Showa 33). This type of NBTHK paper is commonly called a "green paper". The green paper and the round seal bearing the kanji of "Toku" was first used on Tokubetsu Kicho papers starting in July of 1950 (Showa 25) and remained that way until 1982. On September 1st, 1973 (showa 48) the Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho paper (blue paper) was introduced and was issued as a rank above Tokubetsu Kicho but below Juyo.

torokusho [license]

torokusho translation

 

Firearm and Sword Possession Control Law Registration (Tōrokushō)

Ōsaka, No. 87352

Blade category:                 wakizashi

Nagasa:                               49.4 cm

Sori:                                       1.0 cm

No. of mekugi-ana:        4

Signature omote:             Kaneyoshi (兼吉)

Signature ura:                   none

Issued by Ōsaka Prefectural Board of Education on March 23, 1979

[Red stamp: Toku () (for Tokubetsu Kichō)]

[Handwritten note next to Toku stamp: 1 shaku 6 sun 3 bu = 49.4 cm]

 

 

Kozuka Translation

Chishōken Tomoshige horu (稚梥軒友茂鐫) – “Carved by Chishōken Tomoshige”

 

tsunagi translation

兼吉 穴四

一尺六寸三分   

Kaneyoshi ana yottsu

1 shaku 6 sun 3 bu

Kaneyoshi, four mekugi-ana

[nagasa] 49.4 cm

 

 

guchi translation

Manju (万寿) – lit. “longevity”

 

 

 

 

Signature (mei) Translation :

Kaneyoshi (兼吉)


 

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