KANEFUSA Shodai late koto (K63): tanto

Shodai KANEFUSA, late koto period;

mei: “Kanefusa saku”.
sugata: tanto hira-zukuri, iori-mune, very slight uchi zori.
nagasa: 21.2 cm; width at hamachi 1.81 cm, thickness hamachi (kasane) 0.53 cm.
nakago: ubu, kurijiri, 2 mekugi-ana (one large), san-ji mei.
hamon: nie-based regular ko-gunome midare with tight nioi-guchi, narrow suguha yakidashi.
boshi: pointed ko-maru boshi with medium kaeri.
kitae: jitetsu is very tight ko-itame hada with much small ji-nie.
[Mino-to p.56, 57/184, 185]
(oshigata from Aoi Art; NBTHK Hozon Token)
There are a number of KANEFUSA in Mino. This KANEFUSA is probably shodai Seki Kanefusa of late Muromachi (Sue-Koto), around Eiroku period (1558-1569) and ranked as chu-josaku (also see K28 and K23). The shodai came from the KANETSUNE Mon, and also was father of WAKASA NO KAMI UJIFUSA. This gunome-midare is smaller and more regular than the larger pattern called “Kanefusa Midare”. Later period work?
The nidai Seki Kanefusa (and son) worked Eiroku (1558+) to Genki (1570+) periods originally in Seki. He was called to Suruga Province by Daimyo Imagawa Ujizane around 1562, and given the name UJIFUSA. After defeat of that Daimyo he moved to Owari around 1568, and in 1570 received the title Wakasa no Kami; he died in 1591.

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