Blade of Yamato Den type, fine blade and lenghtened Seki Zenjo Kissaki.
General characteristics of the Zenjo school : graceful forms, High Shinogi, Thin Mune, Hadamokume/Masame, Suguha quenching line or Gunome/midare, Boshi in Omaru or Ichimonji Kaeri.
The signature 'Seki Zenjo Kaneyoshi' 関善定兼吉 is referring to the Zenjo School, founded by Kaneyoshi. The founder lived during the end of 14th century to the beginning of 15th century (Muromachi) and camed from the Yamato Tegai School. He moved to Mino and founded the Zenjo school, refering to his buddhist name.
He then changed the kanji Kane '包' by the now know kanji Kane
'兼' amongs the Mino-den swordsmiths. This school will keep many characteristics from the Sue-Tegai school, and lasted until the 20th century
Another great Zenjo Kaneyoshi was the origin of the restart of the Mino smiths after the Hattorei crisis : Kosaka Kaneyoshi. Born in february 1837, he died in 1914 at the age of 78 years. He learned the smithing from his father and his uncle, both withnamed Kaneyoshi, and he worked at the creation fo the Seki Toren Tanren Jo (関刀剣鍜錬) in 1907, as to preserve japanese swordsmithing. This smithing-center gave many Gendaito swordsmiths.
Team Review :
Very nice set with a very elaborated koshirae. This sword is a very fine blade for a young samurai. These blades were often signed with very famours smiths even it wasn't really made by these big names.
The blade keep nonetheless its elegance with its lightness and balance.