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Wakizashi - Mumei Koto - Kanesaki (兼先)
Mino Area, Tensho era (1573-1592), End of Muromachi
with Shirasaya, Koshirae, Hozon NBTHK certificate
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Total Weight 1.026 kg
Weight without Saya 0.749 kg
Blade Weight 0.485 kg
Full length
Naked Blade (Toshin)
70.8 cm
Nagasa 56.3 cm
Tsuka Length 20.9 cm (Nakago length 14.35 cm)
Sori (curvature) 1.1 cm
Kissaki Length 3.28 cm
Moto Haba 2.90 cm
Saki Haba 2.02 cm
Moto Kasane                     A = 0.58 cm
                    B = 0.61 cm
Mesures Moto & Saki Kasane
Saki Kasane                     A = 0.41 cm
                    B = 0.45 cm
Curvature Torii zori (Central curvature) tending towards Koshi Zori (Bizen Zori)
Most certainly because of the blade shortening
Type Kissaki Chū Kissaki Elongated
Blade Structure Shinogi Zukuri (diamond shape)
Mune Iori mune (Triangular)
Hamon Gunome Togari Ba (Gunome with peaks on the upper parts), with Yo, Ashi, Sunagashi, There are some clouds in the Ji, Yubarashi or Tobiyaki type.
Hada Itame/ Masame with Chikei in the Ji.
Boshi Ura side: Ko maru with Kaeri
Omote side: Midare Komi with Hakkikake.
Nakago Mumei (not signed) O'Suriage (shortened), 2 Mekugi Ana, Kiri/Yoko Yakurime (horizontal file marks), Kiri Kurijiri (flat end, typical for shortened blades), Futsu Gata (classical shape).
Saya Length 65.6cm, weight 276g, red lacquered Ishime type, Blue silk sageo, Kurigata and Koiguchi in black buffalo horn.
Tsuka
&
Tosogu

(Tsuba,
Menuki,
Fuchi Kashira)
- Tsuka: length 20.9cm, weight 117g, Black colored Same, weaving in brown silk Tsumami Maki. Fuchi Kashira en patinated copper without design. Round menuki with design of gilded flower crown.
- Tsuba: weight 110g, Dimensions 6.04 x 6.68 x 0.45cm. Tate Maru Gata shape, rounded edge Sukidashi type, Kogai and Kozuka Ana sealed with Shakudo parts. Design of Dragon and phoenix in Sen Zogan on the Omote Side, Pawlonia design on the Ura side.
- Habaki: Weight 23g, Dimensions 2.15 x3.10 x 0.97cm, In copper covered with silver, with horizontal nekogaki and granular texture.
- Seppa: 2 Seppa (2x5g) gilded copper.
 
Study
&
Team Review
Study :
Wakizashi Mumei (unsigned) attributed to Kanesaki, end of Muromachi. Kanesaki (兼先): smith of the Mino province ranked Wazamono, Sue-Seki, during the Tensho era (1573-1592).
His civil name is "Heki Isuke", he is from the Mino area and also moved to Bizen to work for the Ikeda Daimyo.

He is known for Hamon (quenching lines) in Gunome and Togariba like this very blade. The Mino province is well known for this kind of Togariba Hamon, especially with the famous Kanemoto and his sanbonsugi. The Mino tradition was a late tradition which was influenced by the Yamato-Den, Yamashiro-Den and the Sohu-Den. This tradition stemed from the Muromachi era (1333-1573) with great smiths like Kaneuji, Masamune's student.

The Mino tradition, located in the center of Japan, was very prosperous during the Sengoku Jidai era (Warring states period) from 1477 to 1573. It played an important role in the war effort for Oda Nobunaga to arm his troops, along with his attempt to rule the Japan.
This very Mino province was ruled by Akechi Mitsuhide, Samurai and general under Oda Obunaga from 1566. It was also on a part of the Mino province that the famous Sekigahara battle took place.


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