By@Kenji Mishina


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Wakizashi : "Kashu Kanewaka"
(4th Generation)


Province : Kaga

Age: Middle of the Edo Period.

Tradition : Shinto-tokuden / Mino-den

School : Kanewaka

Dimensions : Ha-watari - 54.2 cm. / Sori - 1.52 cm.

Sugata . The blade is in shinogi-zukuri with iori-mune and has normal mi-haba and kasane, saki-zori and extended chu-kissaki.

Jihada : Itame-hada combined with masame in company with ji-nie and the shinogi-ji becomes masame-hada. The jigane looks black..

Hamon : Gunome-midare mixes squarish midare then tends to be hako-midare. It consists of nie accompanied with subdued nioi-guchi and uneven nie. Ashi, sunagashi, tobi-yaki and niju-ba are seen.

Boshi : A gunome is tempered then becomes sugu and turnsback in ko-maru.

Nakago : Ubu and has gently curved kuri-jiri, sujikai-yasuri and a mekugi-ana.

Remarks : This is a work of the fourth generation of Kanewaka of Kaga Province and his real name is Tsujimura Jindayu. He started sword forging in the Enpo Era and ended up in the Hoei Era
It is rare to see his extant works since he lived in peaceful time of the middle of the Edo Period.
Hako-midare is a conspicuous feature of the Kanewaka school alos mura-nie are seen in the bottom of each midare.


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