Inshu Kanesaki

a later INSHU KANESAKI katana, of Kanbun era;

omote mei: “Geishu Ju Fujiwara Kanesaki”;
ura mei: “Kanbun Go Nen Ni Gatsu Kichijitsu” (lucky day, 2nd month, Kanbun 5: February, 1665);
sugata: shinogi zukuri, iori-mune, wide blade with strong chu kissaki;
nagasa: 68.5 cm; sori: 1.3 cm; motohaba 3.12 cm; sakihaba 2.16 cm; kasane 0.85 cm;
hamon: gunome midare, in nie-deki, deep nio-guchi, many gunome are pointed, some togariba;
kitae: itame hada with very good grain, abundant ji-nie, and on the ji much chikei (black lines of nie);
nakago: ubu, hagari kurijiri, sujikai yasurime,one mekugi ana, nana-ji mei on omote, date on ura;
[Mino-to p.104,105]
(oshigata from Aoi Art, Tokyo)
This is a rare blade, with much information available; it is in shirasaya with a 1961 sayagaki by Dr Kanzan Sato.
This Kanesaki was called Imamura Hanzaemon and lived in Hiroshima, but the style of work shows strong Mino-den influence.
He is recorded to have made swords at Hiroshima castle. Dr Sato interprets the mei to mean “Inshu Ju Kanesaki made this sword at Geishu, Hiroshima”

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