Kanesada (the 1st)

time Onin (1467-68)
style Katana:Shinogi-zukuri / Iorimune
length 61.7cm / 2shaku 4bu
carve 1.4cm / 4bu 6rin
basis width 2.6cm / 8bu 6rin
basis thick 0.6cm / 2bu
top width 1.6cm / 5bu 3rin
top thick 0.4cm / 1bu 3rin
mekugihole 1
Authorization Kosyu Tokubetsu Kicho Token

KANESADA, a sword smith of Mino, is the most famous craftsman of Suezeki together with KANEMOTO. KANESADA the Second’s make, often called Nosada, is still much-prized as Owazamono. This blade has a printed engraving of KANESADA unlike Nosada, and the finishing has a look of age compared to standard Nosada. It should be safe to judge that the blade was crafted right before or after Oei, still under the influence of KANESADA the First.

The appearance is the very Uchigatana of the Period, short and warping toward the tip of the blade; it is called “Katate-uchi” for it can be handled by one hand. Since it has been 500 years since this blade was made, it is somewhat ground and worn; however, Nikuoki and each line of Shinogi-suji on Hiraji is still flawless, which clearly maintains the original appearance of the blade. Ji is Itamehada with Mokume emerging within it; near Monouchi, Nie of Habuchi is overflowing onto Ji. The fact that there is no Kitaeware in Hiraji makes this KANESADA truly enjoyable.

The entire Koshirae (Tsuka, Fuchigashira, Menuki, Kojiri, Kogai) is certified as Koshu Tokubetsu Kichou Kodogu (Kozuka was missing and added later). All the parts are patterned with a wave motif on a silver base. Tsuka, Fuchi and Kogai have engravings by Taihodo TOMOAKI, who was HIDETOMO’s student of Omori School. They also have a name of a commissioner, “Ordered by Mr. Fukazawa.” Ordering all-silver fittings, Mr. Fukazawa may have been a highly-paid samurai. They must have been his possession of pride.

Since this blade is a work of old Togi, it has Hike-kizu, very slight scratches, and a hazy impression. However, under the light, all the fine patterns of Hamon emerge clearly. Although one part of Kissaki at Sashiura shows Saya-atari, and there is a crack of approximately 4 cm near Saya’s Kojiri, they can be fixed without major difficulty.

Though in a deep sleep, this KANESADA was born in the midst of the Warring State Period and became a warrior that survived numerous trials. We hope that you enjoy KANESADA to the full.

*NBTHK’s Koshu Tokubetsu Kicho Token Certificate does not have any description about KANESADA the First. However, based on academic thesis of KANESADA and period examination of physical appearance, we decided that this blade was made by KANESADA the First.

Reference: Thesis for NBTHK 40th Anniversary of Foundation
Special Contribution
        A Study of the Lineage of Noshu KANESADA,
                            by Suzuki, Sadao                       

- KANSHOAN / 24.09.2009 -


Kinkaku-ji was built to serve as a retirement
villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu

Onin War "the Warring States Period"

These days made this sword

Ymashiro-no-kuni uprising












Pachacuti founds the Inca Empire

The Hundred Years' War comes to a close

Vlad Dracula was killed in battle against the Turks

Ferdinand II and Isabella ruled over most of the Iberian peninsula

Henry Tudor becomes King Henry VII of England

Christopher Columbus sailed into the Caribbean

Pedro Alvares Cabral officially discovers Brazil

Beginning the Protestant Reformation

koduka fuchi kojiri crack kurigata tsuba menuki kashira mune ware sayaatari monouchi zaimei naka koshimoto ubunakago

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61.7cm / 1.4cm / 1hole
Kosyu Tokubetsu Kicho Token / NBHK
Ishimeji nuri Hirumaki zaya Uchigatana-koshirae / Shirasaya
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