和泉守兼定(之定)
Izumi no Kami Kanesada (NoSada)
Saijo Saku - Saijo O Wazamono Koto Tanto
PERIOD Koto, circa Eisho 1501-1504
PAPER/CLASSIFICATION NBTHK HOZON  
MEI Mumei  
TOKOTAIKAN RANKING 8 Million Yen  
FUJISHIRO RANKING Saijo Saku  
YAMADA RANKING Saijo-O-Wazamono  
FORM Tanto
NAGASA 27cm
SUGATA  Hira-zukuri
SORI Uchi-zori
SORI MEASUREMENT n/a
MUNE Iori mune
KASANE 5mm
MOTOHABA 2.9 cm
NAKAGO CONDITION Slight machi-o-kuri with ubu jiri
NAKAGO SHAPE Furisode-gata with kuri jiri  
MEKUGIANA Three
YASURIME  Indistinct



Hamon :   Nioi-deki suguha. The nioi-guchi is tight and bright.

Boshi :   Ko-maru with medium return.

Kitae :   Tight ko-itame tending toward masame near the ha. There is clear shirake utsuri. Thick ji-nie, made up of ko-nie, and chikei are present.

About this sword :   This mumei tanto has been attributed to the nidai Kanesada, known popularly by his nick-name "Nosada" by the NBTHK. He is one of the highest ranked smiths in the history of the Japanese sword. He is ranked as Saijo Saku by Fujishiro, Saijo O wazamono by the Yamada family and given 8 million yen in the Tokotaikan. He was a Mino smith and used the mei of "Izumi no Kami Kanesada". He was first a student of the shodai Kanesada and later became the shodai's adopted son. His works span from around Meio (1492-1501) through Daiei (1521-1528). He began to cut the kanji of Sada in a different way around 1503, looking somewhat like the kanji for "No", so the sword world came to call this maker "Nosada".

This tanto needs to be polished. It has some small patches of black surface rust and many scratches on the surface. The high quality of the old polish under this damage allows us to see the wonderful nature of the blade. The kitae is excellently done - a consistent and controlled jigane pattern that is evenly coated in fine ji-nie. Shirake utsuri can be seen clearly and there are many chikei. The suguha hamon shows the same masterful control- a nioi guchi of even brightness and width from saki to machi. Nosada is well known for his aim of Rai Kunitoshi, especially in Tanto. In books like "Tanto" by Suzuki and many others, the representative tanto of Nosada have a deki just like this example, rather than the seki gunome style he often used on katana and wakizashi. This blade has no kizu. The blemishes shown in the photos below are either rust or scratches. This blade had hoirmono of a ken and gomabashi when it was first made. These have been mostly polished away over the the last 500 years but some areas remain as shown in the photos.

This comes with a shira-saya, storage bag and a NBTHK hozon paper. An exciting opportunity to own and study a Saijo-saku, Saijo-O-wazamono work.

HOLD





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