KANENOBU (NAOE SHIZU) late koto (K92): katana

KANENOBU, mid Muromachi period;

mei: mumei
sugata: katana, shinogi-zukuri, torii-zori of 0.4 cm, iori-mune.
nagasa: 70.2 cm, width at hamachi 2.75 cm, thickness at hamachi (kasane) 0.64 cm,
width at kissaki 2.01 cm.
nakago: osuriage, kiri tip, 3 mekugi-ana, mumei.
hamon: konie-deki gunome midare plus sanbonsugi with togari-ba, many ashi and yo.
boshi: longish chu kissaki, hakikake and long kaeri plus muneyaki.
kitae: jitetsu is itame hada with ji-nie and chikei, and good grain.
[Mino-to p. 38, 64]
(oshigata from Aoi Art; NBTHK Hozen Token)
Mid Muromachi period around Meio era (1492+) osuriage katana with little sori. This blade attributed to Kanenobu (兼延) line of the Naoe Shizu Ha in Mino; there was also another line of Kanenobu (兼信 ) also in Naoe Shizu Ha. There were also various Kanenobu in Seki (兼延, 兼信, 兼宣) through mid-late koto and into shinto.

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