兼房
Seki Kanefusa
Koto Wakizashi with Koshirae
PERIOD Koto: circa, Tenbun (1532-1555)
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK Hozon (2013) NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho (1960)  
MEI "Kanefusa"  
FORM Wakizashi
NAGASA 32.9 cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Saki-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT 0.5 cm
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 6 mm
MOTOHABA 3.2 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Ubu
NAKAGO SHAPE Standard with kuri jiri  
MEKUGIANA One
YASURIME  Higaki



Hamon :   Nioi-deki suguha. There are ko togari mixed in. The nioi-guchi is tight .

Boshi :   Togari with a long return.

Kitae :   Itame mixed with mokume. Clear shirake utsuri can be seen. Ji-nie and chikei are present.

About this sword :   This is a signed koto wakizashi by Seki Kanefusa. This example is from late koto times. There were several generations from Muromachi through Momoyama and in the case of niji mei, it is very hard to nail down the exact maker. This school also prospered in later times but one can see this is a old work based on its sugata and deki.

The is a great blade for koto Mino kantei study. All of the following traits speak to Mino work of the Sengoku jidai: Ko-togari in the suguha, nioi-deki, togari boshi, shirake utsuri, higaki yasuri and the blade's hira zukuri ko-wakizashi saki-sori sugata.

This blade has no kizu. It is a healthy sword. Some of the laminations are coarse and flowing. It is in full high-quailty polish. There are a few light surface scratches that are hard to see.

This blade retains an original koshirae of the early-mid Edo period. The tsuba is an Owari area work with strong tekkotsu on the surface and mimi. This has a melted finish on the surface. The menuki are kinko of the legendary shachihoko "tiger-fish". The rest of the fittings are iron and look to be Higo work. The material on the saya is textured leather that has a green urushi pattern applied. There are some cracks and old repairs on the saya. The overall mood of the koshirae is charming and dignified. It is rare to find a koshirae that is intact and in its original pre-Meiji state. There is a tsunagi and yu-habaki for the koshirae. The blade has a shira-saya and an old silver foil habaki.

This is the "complete package" that so many of us are looking for. An ubu, signed koto blade with an old koshirae, shira-saya and tsunagi. This has a NBTHK Tokubestu Kicho paper from 1960 and a NBTHK Hozon paper from 2013. A great opportunity to add a nice Koto Mino work to your collection.

Price: $4800





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