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SC0192

Kanemichi (8) commemoration sword, Showa era

Kanemichi is highly rated as one of the very few WW2 Yen 2 million smiths and his swords are awarded Hozon certificate by the NBTHK. Out of the thousands of smiths active during the Showa era, few were rated as Yen 2million. Only 4 in Seki and 2 amongst the Yasukuni Shrine smiths. Even the famed Yasuhiro is rated as Yen 1.8million. Extremely few were rated above this.

This swords was made to commemorate 2,600 years of the Japanese Imperial Empire. Swords made for this occasion usually has a long kissaki(tip).

The blade is signed "Kanemichi saku, dated "Koki Nisen Roppyaku ichi-nen (1941)" with Seki inspection stamp, shinogi-zukuri shape, WWll time period made blade. Kanemichi's real name is Kojima Tokijiro, born in July 1902, lived in Seki city, Gifu prefecture, made swords during WWll time period and after the war as a Gendai smith, listed John Slough's book page 46, 47, 48 and rated 2 million smith. The blade is in old polish, shows fine scratches but no rust and in good condition. The temper line is wavy gunome temper pattern throughout the blade and has deep o-maru temper at the point. The forging grain is tight itame-hada and no forging flaws at all. The handle is tight fit with brass fuchi/kashira, tsuka-ito wrapping is tight. Tsuba is mokko shape iron tsuba with nice patina. It measures 25+3/4" tip to the guard, 25" cutting edge, 1+1/4" width, 7 mm thickness at the notch and 36+1/2" in mountings.

Showa era swords with showa or other inspection stamps are sometimes very well done and not like stated in many books that all are arsenal made or oil quenched. Those are inspection stamps of the various departments that received the swords.

This sword has a long tip with big curve back. The samurai koshirae is very nice and unique. The saya has brass wrap and menuki has samurai mon. The tsuka, tsuba and fuchi are all old.

Price : NOT FOR SALE

 

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