An Excellent long Katana made by very good maker Echizen Kanenori the blade has a gorgeous large flamboyant Hamon,which almost reaches the Shinogi in places, well forged blade with Horimono of Suken a single Hi / groove and Bonji characters, Chu Kissaki,Blade is in an old but good polish has a few minor stains and scuffs , Mounted in a very nice Quality Tensho Koshirae with leather Tsukaito ,Menuki are Mantis motif Fuchi Kashira are well carved iron ground with motif of highly detailed Cicada and Vines,Iron,Tthe tsuba is Iron with gold Zogan inlays, Ribbed black lacquered Saya with Silver Kojiri and Ashi,Made circa 1596-1615.
NBTHK HOZON CERTICATE
KANTEI – SHO (鑑定書) – APPRAISAL
Katana , signed: Echizen no Kuni Kanenori (越前国兼則)
Nagasa ~ 74.2 cm
According to the result of the shinsa committee of our society, we judge this work as authentic and rank it as Hozon Token .
May 30, 2017
[Foundation] Nihon Bijutsu Tōken Hozon Kyōkai, NBTHK (⽇本美術⼑劍保存協會)
KANENORI (兼法), 3rd gen., Keichō (慶長, 1596-1615), Echizen – “Echizen no Kuni-jū Kanenori” (越前国住 兼法), “Echizen-jū Higo no Daijō Fujiwara Kanenori” (越前住肥後大掾藤原兼法), he came originally from Shimosaka (下坂) in Ōmi province but moved later to Echizen and became there a student the adopted son of the 2nd gen. Kanenori (兼法), he received the honorary title Higo no Daijō and succeeded as 3rd gen. of this line, he made blades with a somewhat elongated chū-kissaki and a ko-itame that is mixed with mokume, ji-nie and chikei, the hamon is a slightly undulating notare mixed with ko-gunome and ashi in ko-nie-deki, sometimes we also find a notare that is mixed with gunome and sunagashi, the bōshi is sugu with a ko-maru-kaeri or midare-komi with hakikake, the yasurime are sujikai, jō-saku