KANENOBU (SHIGA SEKI) late koto (K91): wakizashi

KANENOBU, mid Muromachi period;

mei: mumei
sugata: katana, shinogi-zukuri, saki-zori of 0.8 cm, iori-mune.
nagasa: 56.6 cm, width at hamachi 2.86 cm, thickness at hamachi (kasane) 0.51 cm,
width at kissaki 2.78 cm.
nakago: osuriage, kiri tip, 3 mekugi-ana, mumei.
hamon: nie-deki gunome midare plus togari-ba, many tobiyaki especially in monouchi, also sunagashi.
boshi: very long o-kissaki, midare komi and hakikake and medium kaeri.
kitae: jitetsu is itame hada with strong grain, ji-nie and chikei.
[Mino-to p. 40, 68]
(oshigata from Aoi Art; NBTHK Hozen Token)
Mid Muromachi period around Meio era (1492+) osuriage long wakizashi of unusual shape (is it a converted nagamaki?). These Kanenobu were based in Shiga village, Nishi Gun in Owari (near Nagoya) and moved there around 1469 (Bumei era) from Mino Province, shodai may be the son of Muroya Seki Kanenari. There were another 2-3 generations in Shiga. Work is in Seki-den style and has typical sunagashi in hamon.

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