KANEMICHI (TANGO no KAMI) (S39): katana

KANEMICHI, early Edo period;

mei: “Tango no Kami Fujiwara Kanemichi”.
sugata: katana, shinogi-zukuri, torii-sori of 0.9 cm, iori-mune.
nagasa: 67.3 cm, width at hamachi 2.87 cm, thickness at hamachi (kasane) 0.6 cm,
width at kissaki 2.20.
nakago: ubu, kata-yamagata tip, 2 mekugi-ana, shichi-ji mei. Machi have been moved.
hamon: nie-deki, sudareba pattern with thick nio-guchi and double-triple hamon. In hamon
are kinsuji and sunagashi.
boshi: midare-komi with thick nioi, and a small kaeri.
kitae: jitetsu is ko-itame hada with good grain and much jinie.
[Mino-to p. 114, 115, 260/135, 232 {error in book: “Tanba” should be “Tango”}]
(oshigata from Aoi Art; NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Token).
Edo era Kanbun period katana, little sori. The blade is machi-okuri, both hamachi and munemachi moved up, but overall length the same. This is by Tango no Kami Kanemichi who was second
(or fourth?) son of Tanba no Kami Yoshimichi. Yoshimichi moved from Seki to Kyoto (Yamashiro) with his father and three brothers around 1593, and worked in Genwa (1615+) to Kanbun (1661+) periods. Tango no Kami Kanemichi worked Kanei (1624+) to Kanbun (1661+) and moved from Kyoto to Osaka; his work was highly regarded and he made sudareba and Soshu style, and also Mino style ogunome midare. His work surpassed his father.

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